Updated 12/25/2007 06:42 AM
Community holds out hope
GREENWICH, NY -- "It's critical, absolutely critical," said Elaine Person, Jaliek Rainwalker's former foster mom.
Critical that people do not forget Jaliek Rainwalker. The 12-year-old disappeared from a Greenwich home nearly two months ago.
A vigil in the village drew dozens of concerned community members. All hold out hope Rainwalker will come home.
"We love him and we miss him," said Person.
"We need to find him. I know we'll find him but I don't know when," said Jaliek's maternal grandmother, Barbara Reeley.
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His former foster parents, Tom and Elaine Person, put the night together. The ceremony included the lighting of 12 search lights. Rainwalker was 12 when his disappeared.
The last person who saw him was his adoptive father, Stephen Kerr. Many were shocked earlier in the week when Greenwich-Cambridge Police said Kerr tore down posters promoting the event. Both Person and Reeley said they don't understand Kerr's behavior.
"This event is not about him. It is not about his lack of cooperation. It's about Jaliek. It's about a group of people and community who have come to love and care about this child," said Person.
"I didn't understand it. But, we just kept putting them back up and it solidified the community even more," said Reeley.
Reeley said she called Stephen about the posters and he hung up on her. She said she hopes her son-in-law is more forthcoming with what he knows about the case.
Kerr declined to comment on Friday, but has said he believes Jaliek is living with a black family in the Troy or Albany area.