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Szostak’s father speaks out about bizarre discovery

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There have been several people who have linked the article on the smiley face killers in comments here on my blog.  I just want to let you all know that Mr. Szostak is aware of the story and has been working with the 2 NYC detectives.  Here’s the most recent article and video of Mr. Szostak.

ALBANY, N.Y. — Josh Szostak’s father is speaking on camera for the first time since a second autopsy was conducted on his son — and there’s a new hook to the story that has fueled further speculation.

We met up with Bill Szostak at the Port of Albany, the place where Albany police believe Josh entered the water back in December.

Today at that site, Bill Szostak noticed a smiley face at that location for the very first time. The smiley face was found on a tree near the water, and it’s a similar marking found at multiple crime scenes investigated by two retired New York City detectives who believe there are connections to a number of “accidental drowning” cases involving college students around the country.

The investigation gained national attention this week when an accidental drowning case in Minnesota was re-opened and ruled a homicide.

At this point, there’s no word on the authenticity of the smiley face found at the Port of Albany.

Bill Szostak has asked Albany police to check the paint to see if they can determine how long it’s been there.

Albany police closed the case after it was determined from the first autopsy that Szostak likely died from an accidental drowning.

Today, renowned Forensic Pathologist Dr. Michael Baden released the results of his autopsy — the second one conducted on the body of Josh Szostak. He told us the findings were consistent with the initial autopsy conducted in Greene County where Josh’s body was found in the Hudson River last week.


Written by Kim

April 30, 2008 at 2:10 pm

Posted in Joshua Szostak

Justice for Jaliek Bake Sale

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Justice for Jaliek Bake Sale ~ Thursday May 1st

Jonathan’s Pizza ~ 31 North Pearl Street ~ Albany, NY

11am – 4pm

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April 29, 2008 at 12:55 pm

Posted in Jaliek Rainwalker

It just keeps getting more convincing

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Please read the article below and note the bold print.  It might be all circumstantial but little by little the pieces of the puzzle are fitting together. 

  • Kerr was the last one to see Jaliek
  • Kerr refuses to take a polygraph
  • Kerr comes up with different scenario’s as new information comes out
  • Kerr takes down Jaliek’s posters
  • Kerr still refuses to take a polygraph
  • Kerr refuses LE to search van thought to be caught on surveillance video
  • Kerr moves to VT
  • Kerr lied about his route home the night Jaliek disappeared, phone records prove that
  • Kerr does not actively search for Jaliek
  • Kerr does not raise funds to advertise his sons disappearance
  • Kerr did not contact Texas EqquSearch
  • Kerr has not helped in the search with Texas EqquSearch

If you read the article below then you know that sonar picked up an image in the Hudson River BEHIND JALIEK’S GRANDFATHER’S PLACE OF BUSINESS NEAR TROY.

Does any of this mean that Stephen Kerr was responsible for Jaliek’s disappearance?  No.  Will it help build a case against Stephen Kerr if Jaliek is found in the Hudson River behind Kerr’s father’s business?  You decide.

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April 29, 2008 at 7:58 am

“Unusual” images picked up during search for Jaliek

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CAPITAL REGION — The search party for Jaliek Rainwalker is taking the week off after finding two unusual images over the weekend.

The 12-year-old has been missing for nearly six months now.

The search for the Greenwich boy shifted downstream this weekend, with volunteers combing the Hudson from Troy to Albany.

Texas EquuSearch volunteers from Ohio brought in a side-scan sonar to search parts of the river that haven’t been combed over yet.

Jaliek’s former care taker Elaine Person — who is part of the search — said that two “unusual” images were picked up by the side-scan sonar during Sunday’s search.

A copy of the sonar reading has been sent to Greenwich police, but Chief George Bell said he’s not an expert so he has passed it along to State Police.

Police will then determine if they will send divers to check the bottom of the river based on those images.

One sonar reading was taken behind Jaliek’s grandfather’s place of business., near Troy behind Mooradians. The second sonar reading was taken right under the Hoosick Street Bridge.

No more searching is scheduled for this week. Friends and family are holding a bake sale Thursday on South Pearl Street to raise money for the search.–images-picked-up-during-search-for-jaliek/Default.aspx

Written by Kim

April 29, 2008 at 7:45 am

America’s Most Wanted

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National Group Searches For Missing Boy

National search group Equusearch and police in Greenwich, N.Y. have teamed up in the search for missing child Jaliek Rainwalker.

Equusearch founder Tim Miller tells AMW he is sending his full fleet of boats, planes and volunteers to aid in the search for the missing boy.

After months of searching with few clues to show for it, Jaliek’s grandmother Barbara Reeley reached out to Miller asking for help.

Miller says when he heard the young boy’s story, he was moved and then felt compelled to act.

“This is one of them heartbreaking stories.” Miller says.  “This little boy never had a chance from birth, and we can’t let him be just a throwaway kid.”

Starting Friday, Equusearch crews will begin canvassing Greenwich and Troy using drone planes, sonar scanners mounted on boats, and horses for ground searches.

Written by Kim

April 28, 2008 at 9:02 am

A second look into Szostak case

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Renowned forensic pathologist Dr. Michael M. Baden said Sunday afternoon he will conduct a second autopsy on the body of 21-year-old Joshua Szostak in the next few days.

Baden, reached by phone in Manhattan on Sunday, said he wouldn’t discuss the case and referred questions to Szostak’s father, Bill.

Bill Szostak wouldn’t confirm Baden’s involvement in the case. But he repeated his belief that foul play was involved in the death of his son, whose body was found last week floating in the Hudson River in Coxsackie — four months after he was last seen leaving a bar in downtown Albany.

“I agree it’s not accidental,” Bill Szostak said, adding he may have more to say on Wednesday. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Kim

April 28, 2008 at 8:29 am

Joshua Szostak, Case NOT Closed

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I don’t understand how the Albany Police could close Joshua’s case so quickly.  A second autopsy is being performed today by Michael Baden.  For those of you who think that Josh’s death was an accident please go to this site, your opinion might change.

Please don’t let the title of this post confuse you.  As far as the Albany Police are concerned the case is closed.  As far as the Szostak family is concerned, this case is far from closed. 

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April 28, 2008 at 8:26 am

Posted in Joshua Szostak