Updated 11/15/2007 10:03 AM
Chief of police discusses search for missing boy
NORTH COUNTRY, N.Y. -- As officers continued searching for 12-year-old Jaliek Rainwalker, the chief of the Cambridge-Greenwich Police Department held firm that no stone would be left unturned, no person overlooked.
"We're looking at anybody and everybody," Cambridge-Greenwich Police Chief George Bell said.
That includes Jaliek's adoptive parents. Jaliek's mother has agreed to a polygraph test, but the chief would not release why the boy's father hasn't. Police said he did leave a note saying goodbye before he vanished, which could mean he ran away. But the chief believes if that were so, he would have been spotted leaving town. So the investigation is largely centered in the Washington County area.
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The chief said a lead, which he would not elaborate on, brought troopers and their search dogs to the woods off Rexleigh Road in the town of Salem, near the area where Jaliek and his family used to live.
"It's was an area where Jaliek used to go swimming at one point, there is a large swimming hole there," Bell explained. "It's just an area we want to thoroughly search and eliminate."
The area of the Battenkill Country Club in Middle Falls continued to confuse officers Wednesday. Dogs picked up a scent - but after days of looking, police reported nothing found.
But there is hope that more eyes and ears in some of the local wooded areas this weekend will help put investigators on the right track.
"Friday the big gaming season opens up in Southern Washington County," Bell said. "We're asking the hunters that have camps on their property, have maybe a favorite deer stand or a favorite piece of woods that they hunt, to get in and look around, if they see anything out of shape there, or something wrong, or somebody may have broken into a camp, we need to know about it."
The smallest detail could lead to answers.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Jaliek Rainwalker is asked to call 1-800-FIND-KID or any State Police barracks.