Updated 11/29/2007 07:36 AM
Jaliek's family offers reward
GREENWICH, N.Y. -- "We just want to know where he is and that he's safe,” said Jocelyen McDonald, Jaliek's Mother.
It's been nearly four weeks since Jaliek Rainwalker was last seen. His adoptive mother hasn't talked much to reporters until she opened up to us.
"Right now I just want to get the word out about the reward going out,” said McDonald.
McDonald cautions that the reward will not go up. It will remain at $25,000 until December 31st. On January 1st, it drops to $20,000. That's why she said she hopes anyone with any information comes forward sooner rather than later.
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"I fear that out on the street the longer he's there, he could be the victim of foul play,” said McDonald.
But McDonald said even though police haven't ruled out foul play, she's convinced he simply ran away. No one has been named as a suspect and she does not believe her husband, who has refused to take a take a lie detector test, had anything to do with Jaliek's disappearance.
"Many people have implicated my husband because he was the last person to see my son and the reason that he was the last person to see him was because he was protecting him and his siblings because Jaliek was having a mental break,” said McDonald.
And she said the support from the community is helping her get through these difficult weeks.
"Everybody has really cared strongly about Jaliek. At the heart of it, people just really want to find my son, which is all my goal is too,” said McDonald.
Meanwhile, Greenwich Police Chief George Bell who has been heading up the investigation said the FBI from New York City is in the area doing an aerial search using infrared cameras that can detect heat and human remains.
And while Jaliek's parents are holding out hope, police do not believe they'll find Jaliek alive, and they said they're running out of places to look for him.