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Virtual 5K part of renewed push to find long-missing Washington Co. boy

Mark Mulholland
Created: June 21, 2021 06:40 PM

There's a renewed effort to find a boy who went missing from Washington County 14 years ago. 

Jaliek Rainwalker was just 12 when he disappeared from Greenwich, beginning an intensive years-long search.

Now as we approach what would be his 26th birthday, some are doing everything they can to keep the search alive.

Early on in the search, police labeled Stephen Kerr, Jaliek's adoptive father, as a person of interest.

However, despite thousands of leads, local and state police, with help from the feds and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, Jaliek hasn't been found.

Retired police officer and investigator Mo Aldrich, a Greenwich native, assisted on the case all those years ago. In retirement, the father of three has taken a special interest in it.

Aldrich is an organizer of "Jaliek's Army" and "Justice for Jaliek," social media groups with followers numbering in the thousands.

They do all they can to keep his name alive, partnering with the Cold Case Center at the College of Saint Rose. Criminology students there have pored over thousands of documents provided by Jaliek's grandmother and catalogued them for police.

The latest effort is a 5K that will fund St. Rose scholarships in Jaliek's name.

The Jaliek Rainwalker 5K is virtual and can be done any time between July 31 and August 2, which is Jaliek's birthday. It costs just $10 to sign up.

Learn more about how organizers hope this can reignite a spark in this case by watching the video of Jerry Gretzinger’s story.

MORE INFORMATION: Jaliek Rainwalker’s #Jay5K


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