Updated 01/02/2008 10:48 AM
Task Force adds to Rainwalker reward
GREENWICH, N.Y. -- Jaliek Rainwalker has been missing for exactly two months, and with every day that goes by, hope that he will be found diminishes.
The $25,000 award offered by Jocelyn McDonald and Stephen Kerr, Jaliek's adoptive parents, has now dropped by $5,000 and will continue to go down each month until someone gives information to collect it or that money runs out -- something the Find Jaliek Task Force is fighting to prevent.
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"The four families that are gathered here together, three former foster families of Jaliek and his adoptive grandparents, have put up a $5,000 reward to replace the decreased amount in his adoptive parents' reward," said Elaine Person, Task Force Administrator.
Jaliek's mother tells us by dropping the reward each month she's hoping those who may be sitting on information will come forward as soon as possible rather than wait to see if the reward gets bigger.
Person said not enough is being done by his parents to find Jaliek. So now they need the community's help.
"We're not rich, we have families, we work. So what we're going to be doing is going out to the community and asking them to contribute to the reward," said Person.
The community is stepping up; from Wal-Mart gift cards to free lunch once a week for a year at Washington Square Deli, all of which will be added to the reward.
"I just want to keep it out there in the public and I'm hoping it will pull the community together more to have everybody's efforts in finding Jaliek," said Sue Muzio, Washington Square Deli Owner.
Despite reports of Stephen Kerr, Jaliek's adoptive father trying to thwart their efforts by taking down signs, Jaliek's mother said they appreciate the help. She believes he's alive. But members of the task force say they're afraid he's not.
"Hopefully the truth will lead us to Jaliek himself, alive, happy and okay. But the truth may also lead us to something very sad and very unhappy, but the truth is the most important thing here," said Dennis Smith, Jaliek's Grandfather, and Task Force Member.
To learn more about the 'Find Jaliek Task Force' and their efforts click here.