According to Kim

Video and Cell Phone Records

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There’s a lot of news tonight surrounding the Jaliek Rainwalker case.  Here are 2 articles from the Post Star paper, one of which has the actual video.

Police release video in Jaliek case

Cambridge-Greenwich Police Chief George Bell on Tuesday released new information in the case of missing 12-year-old Jaliek Rainwalker.

A surveillance video (shown below) shows a van driving by the Glens Falls National Bank branch in Greenwich early on the morning of Nov. 2, which  they believe to be Stephen Kerr’s. Kerr was Jaliek’s adopted father and has been named a “person of interest” in his disappearance.

The video shows a Chrysler minivan driving by the Main Street bank branch at 12:16 a.m. that day. If it was Kerr, it would show he left his home that night when he said he had stayed there after arriving home with Jaliek.

Bell said the gold van appears to be the one owned by Kerr’s father that he was using at the time. The chief asked that anyone who might have driven by the bank that night or early morning in such a van call police at 692-9332.

Police: Phone records dispute Jaliek story

GREENWICH — Cell phone records show that the adopted father of missing 12-year-old Jaliek Rainwalker took a different route home on the night Jaliek disappeared than he told investigators, police said Tuesday.

The inconsistency between what Stephen Kerr told police and what phone records indicate has led police to conclude Kerr has not been truthful about where he went after picking Jaliek up at a respite home the night of Nov. 1, said Cambridge-Greenwich Police Chief George Bell.

Kerr told police he received a call about 8:15 that night when he was on Route 40 in the hamlet of Melrose in the town of Schaghticoke, Bell said.

“He told us he was in front of Henry’s Garage in Melrose when he received that call, but we know for a fact he has lied to us about that because the cell phone records show the call was received in South Troy,” Bell said. “He was nowhere near the route he told us he took home.”

Engineers from Verizon Wireless analyzed the call data and determined where Kerr was based on which cell phone tower the call “hit,” the chief said.

Bell would not say who called Kerr at that point, but he said cell phone records show it was the only call Kerr answered that night.

“The person who called him said he seemed quite agitated,” Bell said.

Kerr has repeatedly given police a route of travel from the Albany area to Greenwich that night that does not include a detour through South Troy, at one point going with FBI agents to retrace his route and singling out the Melrose garage as the spot where he took the phone call, Bell said.

Kerr told police he arrived home with Jaliek the night of Nov. 1, and that he awoke the next morning to find the boy gone. No trace of him has been found since, despite extensive search efforts and a massive police investigation.

Kerr did not respond to a message left on his cell phone voicemail.

His lawyer, Jeffrey McMorris, said he was not familiar with the cell phone issue being raised by police and could not yet discuss it.

“I want to take a look at what they’ve got and then I’d comment on it,” he said.

McMorris lashed out at police for being “goal-oriented,” with the goal being a prosecution of Kerr instead of the discovery of Jaliek, who, his client believes, ran away.

“What are they doing to bring a live runaway home?” he asked. “Have they been visiting the bus stations and homeless shelters in New York City?”

Bell said a group of volunteers that has worked with police, known as Team Adam, sent thousands of fliers to homeless shelters and organizations that assist runaways and the homeless around the country.

“We’ve covered that,” he said.

Bell on Tuesday also released a video of a van driving by the Glens Falls National Bank branch in Greenwich early in the morning of Nov. 2. Police believe the van is Kerr’s. The video, which can be found on The Post-Star’s Web site, shows a Chrysler minivan driving by the Main Street bank branch at 12:16 a.m. Nov. 2.

Bell said the gold van appears to be the one owned by Kerr’s father that Kerr was using at the time. The chief asked that anyone who might have driven by the bank that night or early morning in such a van call police at 692-9332.

If it was Kerr driving the van, the trip would not jibe with the version of events he gave police, Bell said. Kerr told police he stayed at the Hill Street home after arriving there in the middle of the evening, Nov. 1, with Jaliek.

McMorris has said it was not Kerr driving the van that was filmed passing the bank that night.

Meanwhile, police continue to await the results of forensic examinations of a computer and other items seized from the Hill Street home from which Kerr reported Jaliek disappeared, Bell said.

Bell added that the U.S. Secret Service has gotten involved in the case to help police trace the origins of several letters sent to the media in January in which it was indicated Jaliek was alive and living downstate. Police have said there is no evidence Jaliek is alive.

Bell said that analysis could include a check for DNA on the envelopes.

Barbara Reeley, Jaliek’s maternal grandmother, who is involved with the group that has dubbed itself the Find Jaliek Task Force, said the group has been working to put up two billboards on Route 40 in the coming week or so that picture Jaliek and list information about the case. One will be north of the village of Greenwich, the other south in Easton.

“They’re not fully designed yet, but they’re going to be a big plus,” she said.

The owner of the billboards has offered to put them up at his cost, Bell said.

Reeley said a number of volunteer groups have resumed searching for Jaliek in recent weeks as snow melts. She said searches have taken place near Battenkill Country Club and in the Troy area.

Reeley said details are still being worked out on when Texas Equusearch, a nonprofit organization that assists in missing persons cases, will come to the region to help with the case.

Officers thought they might have gotten a break in the case over the weekend.

Bell and State Police investigators were called out Saturday after a body was found floating in the Hudson River in Troy, near where State Police divers had searched in Jaliek’s case earlier this year. But the badly decomposed body turned out to be that of a New York City man who disappeared from Troy last month, officials said.

Police have called Kerr a “person of interest” in their investigation, but he has said he did not harm Jaliek and he has not been charged.


Written by Kim

March 25, 2008 at 7:12 pm

6 Responses

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  1. This story continues to get even more strange.


    March 25, 2008 at 8:16 pm

  2. About time things start moving in the right direction.


    March 25, 2008 at 9:10 pm

  3. Schaghti you are so right. I think this is just the tip of the iceberg too.

    Kalley, how is Alex doing? I hope you don’t mind but I added Alex’s carring bridge site to my blogroll. Isn’t it great to hear some news on Jaliek? We’ve waited a long time for this, I hope there is resolution soon!


    March 25, 2008 at 9:23 pm

  4. I really think something (or somebody !)is going to crack soon….love the new look!…..hugs,karen


    March 26, 2008 at 12:37 pm

  5. Hi Karen 🙂 I agree, I think something’s going to crack soon.

    I’m glad you like the new look. Something happned to my other layout and my blogroll, categories and archives were all placed on the bottom of the blog. It was bothering me so I went with this one.


    March 26, 2008 at 12:46 pm

  6. Hi Kim! Alex is having some good things and bad things going on. She is getting so loving again, and cooperative, but on the other hand she isn’t walking and I think its gonna be a while before she does. I keep trying to do range of motion on her feet and legs as much as she will let me. I wish things were going to get easier, but in all reality it is going to get worse before it gets better. I am ready to beat this illness.Thankyou so much for adding her site. I appreciate all the support I am getting.Hugs to you all, Kalley and Alex


    March 27, 2008 at 12:16 pm

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