According to Kim

Hudson River to be Searched

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Hudson River search set in effort to locate Jaliek

Police divers mark area near Troy on route traveled with adoptive father
Police divers plan to search the Hudson River near Troy today as part of the ongoing hunt for missing 12-year-old Jaliek Rainwalker.
Greenwich-Cambridge Police Chief George Bell said crews will use a sonar mounted to a boat, and if the weather cooperates divers will be sent in as well. The search will begin near the Troy Farmer’s Market, Bell said.
Rainwalker has been missing since Nov. 1. Searchers probed the Batten Kill in November and December, but today’s search is their first in the Hudson River.

Bell said police were not operating on a specific tip, but rather chose the new river site based on conversations with Stephen Kerr, Rainwalker’s adoptive father and the last person known to have seen the youngster alive.

Police believe Kerr drove with Rainwalker through Troy on the night of Nov. 1 after the two of them went out to dinner at a Red Robin restaurant in Latham. Kerr picked up his emotionally troubled son from a stay in respite care and took him to dinner. Kerr said the two went straight from the restaurant to Kerr’s father’s house in Greenwich.

Rainwalker disappeared sometime during the night. Kerr produced a note his son had written that seemed to indicate he had run away. But police have had doubts about that story from the beginning.

No one has been charged with a crime related to Rainwalker’s disappearance.

At the time of his disappearance, Kerr and wife Jocelyn McDonald were attempting to undo their adoption of Rainwalker, because of what they described as frequent emotional outbursts.

Last week, copies of a letter that seemed to indicate Rainwalker was still alive were sent anonymously to local news organizations, including the Times Union. The cryptic note offered few details, but police requested the letters to check for fingerprints or other forensic evidence. No results from the forensic tests have been released.


Written by Kim

February 7, 2008 at 8:44 am

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  1. Kim, as of 12:30, WTEN is reporting that the divers haven’t left their boats so they haven’t found anything yet. Let’s hope they don’t find anything and that he is found safe and sound soon. I posted the story on my site today with a link here. Thanks for keeping up on this.


    February 7, 2008 at 12:29 pm

  2. Hi Gavin, I’ll assume that the sonar has at least made it in the river. So if the divers haven’t gone in it’s either because they haven’t found anything or it’s too cold. I am hoping that Jaliek is found one war or another and soon. Thank you for posting the story and linking me.


    February 7, 2008 at 12:40 pm

  3. I have spent the better part of my day thinking about and praying for Jalick and all those involved in finding him.Seems like the situation gets more and more bizarre.Amazing how one small child has touched so many,many hearts…’s praying Jalick is found soon….Karen


    February 7, 2008 at 1:43 pm

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