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Adoptive father’s actions raise eyebrows

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Adoptive father’s actions raise eyebrows

Police chief says angry residents have reported seeing Stephen Kerr removing posters for Sunday vigil

GREENWICH — Stephen Kerr, the last person to see Jaliek Rainwalker, his adopted son, before the boy disappeared Nov. 1, has been seen around Greenwich and Cambridge tearing down fliers advertising a vigil for the missing boy.

Greenwich-Cambridge Police Chief George Bell said he receives “several calls a day” from people who are angered and perplexed by Kerr’s behavior.

Bell declined to characterize Kerr’s actions, adding that police have not asked him to stop.

Meanwhile, a woman who cared for the 12-year-old Rainwalker said that a “goodbye” note Kerr said proves Rainwalker ran away from home was actually a homework assignment from his father.

Bell has not named any suspects in Rainwalker’s disappearance, and said the lack of progress in the investigation is frustrating.

“We have not caught one break in this case,” he said.

Elaine and Tom Person of Altamont, who provided respite care for Rainwalker, are among the co-organizers of Sunday’s vigil at the Greenwich VFW.

Elaine Person said she is troubled by statements Kerr has made publicly about the note — in Rainwalker’s handwriting — that Kerr said is proof the boy ran away.

Kerr has said the note read, “Dear everybody, I’m sorry for everything. I won’t be a bother anymore. Goodbye, Jaliek.”

“That wasn’t a goodbye note, that was a homework assignment,” Person said. Rainwalker and four other children are home-schooled by Kerr and his wife, Jocelyn McDonald. When Kerr dropped off Rainwalker at Person’s home for respite care the week before he disappeared, he told Elaine his son’s homework assignments included writing a letter of apology to people he had harmed.

Person said she saw Rainwalker write the note but did not read it, because she felt its contents were private. When she saw Kerr on television talking about the letter as a “goodbye” note several days later, she said she was stunned.

“I was yelling at the TV, ‘That’s not a goodbye note!’ ”

Kerr and his wife have been invited to Sunday’s vigil but have not responded, Person said. Neither Kerr nor McDonald returned phone messages left for them Wednesday.

Rainwalker’s life with Kerr and McDonald in Cossayuna was fraught with emotional turmoil.

At the time of his disappearance, Rainwalker had lived with the couple and their children for five years, including three years as their adopted son. But Kerr and McDonald planned to send him back into the foster system, relatives and police said.

Police have spoken to Kerr and McDonald on numerous occasions, looking for clues as to where Rainwalker may be. Police said McDonald has taken a lie-detector test but Kerr has refused.

Police have searched wooded areas and streams and ponds around Greenwich and Cambridge. Family members offered a $25,000 reward for information.


Written by Kim

December 20, 2007 at 10:18 am

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  1. Can someone please tell me what Stephen Kerr does for a living?


    December 20, 2007 at 1:59 pm

  2. Hi Janet!

    It’s funny you asked that question because someone on asked the same thing. Was that you by chance? I replied saying that it’s a good question. I don’t recall anyone saying what he did for a living.


    December 20, 2007 at 2:21 pm

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