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Jaliek 10 years later; Relatives want answers, police want prosecution

November 01, 2017 07:24 PM

GREENWICH - He was just 12-years-old.

The adoptive child of Stephen Kerr and Jocelyn McDonald, Jaliek Rainwalker vanished on November 1, 2007.

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After Kerr reported him missing, police began a search that would go on for months and years.

All over the region. All over the country.

"State of California and I think we've had just about every state in between where somebody's called in and thought they've seen Jaliek," said George Bell, chief of the Cambridge-Greenwich Police Department.

Each time police would get a new lead, Rainwalker's adoptive grandmother, Barbara Reeley, would hold her breath.

"Everyday I hope to get some phone call or somebody walking in the door saying they know something," Reeley said through tears. "I just miss him. I just miss him."

Reeley has no contact with her daughter, Jocelyn McDonald and her son-in-Law Stephen Kerr, who now live in Vermont.

They had a falling out because Reeley agrees with police that Kerr is responsible for Jaliek's disappearance.

At the time the boy went missing, Kerr cried when NewsChannel 13 asked him questions about his missing son.

Police didn't believe him then. They still don't.  

Retired New York State police senior investigator Tom Aiken said Wednesday, "The case against Stephen Kerr is prosecutable and should go forward now."

Jeffrey McMorris, Kerr's attorney for the last ten years, disagrees.

"We're concentrating on the idea and belief that he's coming home, not what the police are looking at or what they believe."

Washington County District Attorney Tony Jordan, who alone has the authority to make the decision whether to prosecute, said he continues to meet with police about the unsolved case. "There are people out there who know more than they are willing to share."

Jordan said he'd like to see justice for Rainwalker's relatives, "I look forward to being able to provide Jaliek's family comfort knowing that someone is being held responsible."

WEB EXTRA: Full interview with Jaliek's grandfather, Dennis Smith, not seen on TV

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Mark Mulholland

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