According to Kim

Jaliek Rainwalker missing for a month

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Father of missing boy speaks out
Updated: 12/2/2007 12:37 PM
By: Curtis Schick

ALBANY, N.Y. — It’s been a month since anyone saw 12-year-old Jaliek Rainwalker. The last person who did was his adoptive father Stephen Kerr.

“My wife and I in our hearts feel like he is alive,” said Stephen Kerr.

Kerr spent most of Saturday afternoon putting up reward posters in Albany. He says he believes his son could be in the city with three teens he befriended after leaving a respite home the day before he disappeared.

“I don’t think it is a coincidence. I think these 16 year old boys have some information about where he is,” said Kerr.

For the last month, searchers have combed sections of Washington County and Bennington County in Vermont. So far those searches have turned up nothing. Kerr says he has cooperated with police. When asked if he had anything to do with Jaliek’s disappearance, Kerr said he had no comment.

Kerr says his family is not holding up well and some have questioned Kerr’s cooperation in the search. To date, he has not taken a lie detector test. Still, he says he has not lost hope his son will be found.

“He is a survivor. He has survived more in his life than anything in his life than anyone is his life would be capable of surviving,” said Kerr.

The family is offering a $25,000 reward for any information leading to Jaliek homecoming.


Written by Kim

December 3, 2007 at 8:59 am

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  1. My son was found floating in a river after missing for four days. I cannot imagine the agony of those families who do not find their loved ones’ remains. Finding them is agony enough for a lifetime.

    Owen, our son, was 20, two weeks short of his 21st birthday. I talk often with my older son, Nat, and we both are thankful, yes, thankful, that we know he is gone, rather than missing. Agony. The only word for this kind of loss. There is no greater pain than the unknown. We do not know how Owen met his end, only that he did. We send out our hopes that you will find answers.

    I wish all of you the best in the search for Jaliek. I remember when Owen was 12. We were fortunate to have him with us for 8+ more years. He was the light of our lives, a constant question mark hanging above our heads, and a constant source of laughter. I hope you had some of those moments with your Jaliek.

    Bless you on your journey.

    Owen’s mom


    December 11, 2007 at 2:22 am

  2. Hello Linda,

    I’m sorry to hear about the loss of your son. I never had the pleasure of knowing Jaliek. He is a local boy who is missing and I am trying to keep his story alive. I pray that he is found so the family can have closure.

    I stopped by your blog and plan on reading it from the beginning.



    December 11, 2007 at 9:13 am

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