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« Reply #320 on: July 02, 2013, 09:02:57 PM »

The jacket Jaliek was reported to be wearing the day he disappeared has been found, but LE won't say when or where they located it.

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Jaliek Rainwalker case reclassified as homicide, no longer missing
Published on Jan 20, 2013

CAMBRIDGE - Probable Child Homicide--that's how police are now classifying the investigation into the disappearance of 12-year old Jaliek Rainwalker. The boy was reported missing five years ago from Greenwich and Police say they no longer believe in the possibility that he just ran away, they say they are convinced foul play was involved.

It's a hard day, it's a sad day, we have always held out hope that Jaliek is alive and would be coming home to his family, says Dennis Smith, Jaliek's adoptive Grandfather. This is really hard, we want closure, we need closure, it's been 5 years and it's another holiday season and it makes it really hard, adds Barbra Reeley, Jaliek's adoptive grandmother.


Jaliek Rainwalker was last seen with his father, Steven Kerr on November 1, 2007, the next day he was reported missing. In the days following Jaliek's disappearance, Kerr spoke at a vigil held for the boy saying, I believe deep in my soul that my son is alive and safe, somewhere. A few weeks later, Kerr, his wife and their other adopted children moved to Vermont and stopped cooperating with police investigating Jaliek's case.

Investigators say there is no indication or evidence that Jaliek ran-away, they now believe he was killed. Cambridge-Greenwich Police stopped short of calling Kerr an official suspect but did say that they have reached out to the attorney hired to represent him to try and set up an interview. I'm hoping, that after 5 years, that they'll be able to come in and answer some questions, Chief George Bell says. Investigators have found the jacket that Jaliek was reported to have been wearing the day he disappeared but won't say when or where they located it. CBS6 has also learned that cadaver dogs were brought in to search a building in Troy on Tuesday. This is not a cold case, the leads have been coming in, we're at 500-someodd leads in this case, this is just something that came up recently that we felt needed to be further investigated, Bell says.

Smith and Reeley have been suspicious of their son-in-law since the day Jaliek was reported missing. If you did nothing wrong, if you have nothing to hide, why don't you cooperate with law enforcement to help find your son? Smith says. While the questions continue about what happened to Jaliek, his grandparents, who no longer have contact with their daughter, son-in-law, or other grandchildren, are hoping that someone will come forward with new information in the case. We drive by cemeteries and my heart breaks because there are markers for people, there's no marker for our grandson, we just want a marker we want to know where he is and what happened to him, Reeley says.

Anyone with any information they think might be helpful relating to Jaliek are asked to call the Cambridge-Greenwich Police Department at 518-692-9332.
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« Reply #321 on: July 02, 2013, 09:06:02 PM »

http://poststar.com/news/local/police-new-report-sheds-light-on-jaliek-rainwalker-case/article_c054d8c0-8c1d-11e2-ac08-0019bb2963f4.html
Police: New report sheds light on Jaliek Rainwalker case
March 13, 2013

Police have gleaned leads from a new, 80-page report on the disappearance of Greenwich youth Jaliek Rainwalker as they work toward building a case against the person they believe is responsible for what they believe was the boy’s killing.

The report was compiled by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which sent a pair of investigators to Washington County last fall to review the investigation and evidence in the case compiled by Cambridge-Greenwich Police, State Police, the state Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers and the FBI.

Cambridge-Greenwich Police Chief George Bell said the report -- which he said will not be released publicly -- was compiled by retired police officers who work with the non-profit organization NCMEC to assist police

“It does shed some light on the case and they do draw some conclusions,” Bell said.

He said he could not elaborate as the investigation continued.

Rainwalker was 12 when he disappeared from a family home in the village of Greenwich on Nov. 1, 2007. No trace of him has been found since, and police late last year classified the case as a homicide.

Police have labeled Rainwalker’s adopted father, Stephen Kerr, as a “person of interest” in his son’s disappearance. Rainwalker was alone with his father at a home in the village of Greenwich owned by Kerr’s family before he was reported missing, and police have said there are a number of inconsistencies in Kerr’s version of events from that night and the hours that followed.

Kerr has denied involvement in the boy’s disappearance, and his lawyers have said they believe Rainwalker -- who had a history of behavioral problems and mental problems -- ran away.

Bell said in mid-December that Kerr’s lawyer had indicated he would sit down with police to be re-interviewed -- his first interview since he refused a polygraph test in 2007 -- but Bell said that interview has not happened. He said State Police plan to contact Kerr’s lawyer in the coming weeks.
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« Reply #322 on: July 02, 2013, 09:09:54 PM »

http://capitalregion.ynn.com/content/top_stories/654968/state-police-divers-search-hudson-for-jaliek-rainwalker/
State Police divers search Hudson for Jaliek Rainwalker
By: Matt Hunter
Four months after investigators say they received a lead, State Police divers search the Hudson River for a missing Washington County boy who disappeared more than five years ago. YNN's Matt Hunter reports on continued efforts to find Jaliek Rainwalker.
April 9, 2013

 
More than five years has passed since she last saw him, but Barbara Reeley still clings to hope that one day her grandson, Jaliek Rainwalker, will be found.
 
On Tuesday morning, Reeley looked on as State Police divers searched the eastern bank of the Hudson River in Troy. Investigators received a tip following a December news conference at which the investigation was reclassified as a homicide.

"This woman reported it just after our news conference, but it's something that went to back to the year Jaliek went missing, so that's why we chose to do that area," said Cambridge-Greenwich Police Chief George Bell, whose department heads the search for Rainwalker.

Alternating shifts, divers spent more than two hours in the Hudson, but found no signs of the boy who was last seen outside his Washington County home in the fall of 2007. Bell says similar leads will be followed up on in the weeks ahead.

"We have to bring closure to it and it's our job to do that,” Bell said. “So we'll keep going one way or the other until there's some kind of closure, whether it's me or the next guy that takes my spot."

With no suspect ever officially named, investigators appear no closer to finding the boy's remains than they were five years ago, but Reeley remains hopeful her family will one day find an answer.

"It may not be in my lifetime, but I feel that everybody deserves to be put to rest,” Reeley said. “My grandson deserves to be found, as do all missing people deserve to be found."
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« Reply #323 on: July 02, 2013, 09:11:34 PM »

http://www.findjaliek.org/
Find Jaliek Rainwalker
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« Reply #324 on: July 03, 2013, 10:29:47 AM »

Thanks for the updates Muffy 
I believe the father knows so much, much more than he has ever told.
 
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« Reply #325 on: July 07, 2013, 03:23:37 PM »

Thanks for the updates Muffy 
I believe the father knows so much, much more than he has ever told.
 

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« Reply #326 on: July 07, 2013, 03:34:54 PM »

Indeed!
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« Reply #327 on: August 07, 2013, 12:35:31 AM »

http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/r/rainwalker_jaliek.html
Jaliek L. Rainwalker

Last updated July 29, 2013; details of disappearance updated.
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« Reply #328 on: August 07, 2013, 08:29:47 AM »

wow..ty muffy
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« Reply #329 on: August 07, 2013, 08:37:50 AM »

wow..ty muffy

Thank you Nut.  I'm glad to know Jaliek's case is still being investigated.  It's going slowly, but it's still going. 
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« Reply #330 on: August 07, 2013, 08:46:39 AM »

what a horrid life this little man had.

Hope he is found.

 
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« Reply #331 on: November 09, 2014, 04:57:41 AM »

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November 1st marks 7 years Jaliek has been missing.  We have not forgotten.

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« Reply #333 on: November 09, 2014, 06:08:47 PM »

http://poststar.com/news/local/police-search-greenwich-home-again-in-attempt-to-solve-jaliek/article_bb39795a-4a7f-11e4-9aad-272fa988ec6c.html
Police search Greenwich home again in attempt to solve Jaliek Rainwalker case
October 2, 2014

Police recently searched the former home of Jaliek Rainwalker as the police investigation into his disappearances heads into an eighth year.

Cambridge-Greenwich Police Chief George Bell said officers from his department and the State Police last month searched the property on Raven Way in the town of Greenwich where Rainwalker lived with his adopted parents and siblings before he disappeared.

Police dogs trained to find cadavers were used to search the property, which has a new owner who Bell said consented to the search.

“It was something we had done before, but we just wanted to check again,” he said.


Rainwalker, then 12, disappeared Nov. 1, 2007, from a home owned by his adopted father’s family in the village of Greenwich.

Stephen Kerr, the adopted father, was the last person known to be with him. Kerr reported that he awoke that morning and the boy was gone. Rainwalker had been having behavioral problems in the weeks before his disappearance, and had been in a respite home in the days before Kerr brought him back to Greenwich.

Police have labeled Kerr a “person of interest,” saying he was not forthcoming abut his activities and there were inconsistencies in his versions of events.

Because of the circumstances, police in 2012 changed the classification of the case from a missing person case to homicide. No charges have been filed, however.

Police also continue to receive tips about potential sightings of Rainwalker, Bell said.

A Kingsbury resident who was in Kingston in Ulster County reported seeing a young man she believed to be him in recent weeks, but State Police investigated the tip and determined it was not Rainwalker.

Jaliek’s adopted grandmother, Barbara Reeley, said she was contacted earlier this year by a young man from Rochester who had been communicating with a person he thought could be Rainwalker through an online video gaming system, but the FBI looked into it and concluded the person was not him.

She said she was present for the Raven Way searches, and was gratified that police continue to follow up on leads that come in.

 

Bell said he hopes to meet with Washington County District Attorney Tony Jordan in the coming weeks to discuss the case.

Jordan took office Jan. 1 and his predecessor, Kevin Kortright, last year said the seven-year anniversary of the disappearance could mark a threshold where a homicide prosecution could be pursued.

 

Kerr initially cooperated with police. But within days of Rainwalker’s disappearance, he refused to take a polygraph test, retained a lawyer and has not consented to further questioning. He and his wife, Jocelyn McDonald, moved to West Rupert, Vt., months after Rainwalker disappeared.

Kerr’s lawyer, Jeff McMorris, said his client has not reported any new developments in the search.

McMorris pointed to a number of cases across the country in recent years where children disappeared and were believed dead but eventually re-appeared.

“Their (Kerr and his wife’s) opinion hasn’t changed. He is going to show up someday,” McMorris said.
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