- Posted February 1, 2011 by
Greenwich, New York
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Nancy Grace: America's Missing
Thirty-nine months ago today, on November 1, 2007, my grandson vanished.
Jaliek Rainwalker was 12 years old, 5 feet 6 inches tall, 106 pounds, wore a size 12 shoe, has light green eyes, blond tinged hair, a light complexion, is bi-racial and has a speech impediment which results in his saying his
"r's" as "w's". Where is my grandson? Is it possible Jaliek is still alive?
His adoptive parents reported Jaliek missing, put up some "runaway" posters and held two vigils for him ~ one seven days and the other fourteen days after Jaliek vanished. Since November 7, 2007, just six days afer Jaliek disappeared, they have not cooperated with law enforcement to help find Jaliek.
Jaliek had been in seven foster homes, was diagnosed with RAD (Reactive Attachment Disorder), and had been in my daughter and son-in-laws home for over five years. They had adopted Jaliek eighteen months after he came to live with them as a foster child.
On November 1, 2007 at 6:45 p.m. Jaliek was returned to his adoptive father, Stephen Kerr, after spending six days in respite care. Stephen took Jaliek to dinner at Red Robin Restaurant in Latham, New York.
On November 2, 2007 at 8:57 a.m. Stephen reported Jaliek as a runaway to the Greenwich Police Department, Greenwich, New York.
On November 4, 2007 Greenwich/Cambridge Police amass forest rangers and law enforcement officers to search for Jaliek. Jaliek's adoptive parents (Stephen Kerr and Jocelyn McDonald) are interviewed regarding Jaliek's disappearance.
November 5, 2007 law enforcement do grid searches looking for Jaliek. Air searches with fixed wing and helicopters were also done.
November 6, 2007 ground and air searches are increased. Jaliek's adoptive parents are asked to take polygraph tests. Stephen begins the introductory part of the polygraph but refuses to complete the test. Jocelyn takes and completes her polygraph.
On November 7, 2007 Jaliek's adoptive parents retain an attorney.
On November 9, 2007 Jaliek's parents hold a vigil for Jaliek in the Methoidst Church, Salem, New York. On November 16, 2007 Jaliek's parents hold a second vigil for Jaliek in the Episcopal Church in Greenwich, New York. This is the last time Jaliek's parents held or participated in any event or search for their adopted son. At the second vigil Stephen stood before everyone and lectured on Martin Luther King, Jr. and said Jaliek got a "bad check" and pointed his finger and said everyone in New York State was responsible.
On November 18, 2007 Jaliek's Task Force was formed because my daughter and son-in-law stopped cooperating with law enforcement on November 6, 2007 and were not searching for Jaliek.
Over the past thirty-nine months there have been ground, air and water searches for Jaliek. We have put up a website (www.findjaliek.org), had book and bake sales, volunteers have searched, we have held information sessions, concerts and put up and handed out thousands of posters of Jaliek. Stephen has taken down many of the posters we've put up and told people Jaliek was evil. During these many months our only goal is to find Jaliek.
We have asked, pled, cried and physically searched for Jaliek. My husband and I have gone to court to legally gain custody of Jaliek so we could open any and all of Jaliek's records to law enforcement. The judge told us there is no precedent for this in the United States.
There was a "Jaliek Is Alive" anonymous note that was mailed to area media ~ but not to Jaliek's parents or law enforcement.
Jaliek's adoptive parents moved out of state, to Vermont, just three months after Jaliek vanished. They told new neighbors they were a family of six; two parents and four children ~ not a family of seven with a missing son.
Jaliek's adoptive parents filed a Notice of Claim against Greenwich police after the police got a warrant to search their parents house. Jaliek's adoptive parents initally posted a $25,000 reward was reduced $5,000 each month that Jaliek was missing so that by April 2008 the reward was $0.
In April 2008 we called and requested that Texas EquuSearch come help with the search for Jaliek. Tim Miller, Director of Texas EquuSearch came and spent four days with us and then sent Gene Robinson with his drone to take aerial photos, a sonar expert and sonar equipment from Ohio and T.J. Ward and Tom Wincher with their voice analysis technology.
In July 2007 my daughter and son-in-law had me arrested for burglary for entering the homesite and finding a jacket they had said Jaliek was wearing when he disappeared. My finding the jacket made it possible for law enforcement to search this homesite.
There have been many, many searches by law enforcement, volunteers, forest rangers, New York State Police and the FBI. Interested individuals have scoured their private property and state property for any signs of Jaliek. Hundreds of tips/leads have been thoroughly followed up by Chief George Bell, Greenwich Police Department. The local Albany/Saratoga Regional media have been respectful and extensively covered Jaliek's disappearance and each search and been very responsive to each new development, twist and turn over the past thirty-nine months. The District Attorney set up a WeTip Line for anonymous tips, we have thousands of Upstate New Yorkers who have been supportive and caring and yet we have not found Jaliek.
Please help us find our beautiful, loving grandchild.