According to Kim

Computer and Printer Seized

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Police seize computer

Printer is also removed from grandfather’s home as link to letter is sought
GREENWICH — A computer and printer were seized by police when they executed a search warrant at the home of Jaliek Rainwalker’s grandfather.
A person knowledgeable about Thursday’s search confirmed that the equipment will be examined for any link with a recent anonymous letter sent to local media that said Rainwalker was still alive.
Meanwhile, Rainwalker’s extended family members and former caregivers said Friday they have gained comfort from dozens of tips from strangers, including a handful of self-proclaimed psychics and “intuitives” who feel a spiritual connection with the missing youth and believe their work will eventually lead to his discovery.

Thursday’s search at 11 Hill St. in Greenwich, the home of Graham and Mary Agnes Kerr, was performed at the same time that State Police divers examined the Hudson River in Troy looking for human remains or other clues. The river search yielded nothing.

The investigation has focused on the whereabouts of Rainwalker on the night of Nov. 1. That night, his adoptive father, Stephen Kerr, picked up Rainwalker from a respite care stay with Elaine and Tom Person of Altamont, took him to dinner in Latham, and then to the empty home in Greenwich. Graham Kerr works for the State Department and is posted in Romania. His son and daughter-in-law have access to the house while he is away.

The next morning, Rainwalker was missing, Kerr has told police. Kerr produced a letter in a child’s handwriting that appears to suggest Rainwalker had run away because he no longer wanted to be an emotional burden to his family.

Kerr has maintained all along that Rainwalker is alive and perhaps living with a gang or an African-American family in Albany or Troy.

Police have ridiculed that theory, and said there is no evidence to suggest it. They have focused their search on finding Rainwalker’s body.

No suspects have been named although police acknowledged that Stephen Kerr is a “person of interest” in the case.

Kerr, who used to speak to media frequently, no longer returns phone calls seeking comment. In the last 10 days, other relatives said, he moved his family from their Raven Way home in Cossayuna to West Rupert, Vt.

At the end of January, an anonymous letter was sent to news media around the Capital Region, including to the Times Union, that stated Rainwalker was alive. It was postmarked from Westchester County and was sprinkled with clues that appeared designed to show that the author of the letter knew Jaliek Rainwalker well.

Police at the time said they were treating the letter as potential evidence, and requested originals from the media outlets who received them.

The seizure of a computer and printer seems to suggest that police believe the letter may have been written by Kerr himself or another close family member, perhaps to throw police off the trail of the investigation.

On Friday, Barbara Reeley, Stephen Kerr’s mother-in-law, and Elaine and Tom Person said they’ve been surprised and comforted by the number of strangers who have come forward who believe they have some information that may lead to Rainwalker’s discovery.

“We get two kinds of calls — tipsters and psychics,” Elaine Person said. A hot line she maintains has received about a dozen tips, mostly from psychics who said they believe Rainwalker is dead and that they know what happened.

One woman, Doreathea Brace of Albany, feels as though God has spoken through her. She had a chance encounter with Stephen Kerr several weeks ago on Lark Street in Albany and has since become acquainted with the collection of psychics, relatives and well-wishers who are working to keep Rainwalker’s name in the headlines.

Kerr was handing out fliers with Rainwalker’s picture on it and Brace began berating Kerr, questioning why he wasn’t cooperating with authorities, including his refusal to take a lie detector test. That confrontation was captured by a television news crew.

Brace said she believes Rainwalker will eventually be found and whoever harmed him will be brought to justice. It’s just like the narrator in Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Telltale Heart,” she said. “Sooner or later, you’ll crack,” she said.


Written by Kim

February 9, 2008 at 8:30 am

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  1. As always a wonderful and informative post.Thanks so much for sharing it with us…In a much earlier article it was mentioned that S. Kerr was taking a trip to Romania.Now I know why.Had no idea his father works for the State Department.For some reason that makes me a little nervous…


    February 9, 2008 at 8:53 am

  2. Heh, heh…….tell tale heart……tick,tock……….tick,tock. Is time running out for SK? It’s nice to see the investigation moving forward. So let me understand this, the letter included private info that only Jaliek or the family would know, well that narrows it down does’nt it? I wonder if thats the angle that got the warrant?


    February 9, 2008 at 11:28 pm

  3. Hello Bug,

    Tick, tock …Yes I think it’s just a matter of time. It seems pretty obvious that someone close to the family or the family themsleves are behind the letter. I think Kerr is THAT arrogant to think that it couldn’t possibly be traced back to him. My only fear in this search is that it was written somewhere else, not at his fathers house. I haven’t checked this mornings news so I better get cracking to see if there’s anything I need to report on.


    February 10, 2008 at 10:21 am

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