Updated 01/14/2008 05:53 AM
Two communities unite for Rainwalker
ALBANY, N.Y. -- "Look at this baby, he isn't even gang material," said Doreathea Brace, a concerned Albany resident.
And even though she never knew missing North Country boy Jaliek Rainwalker, she knows in her heart he isn't in Albany.
"He's never been here and we've been asking around. We want the authorities to find the person that committed the crime against this young boy," said Brace.
Rainwalker's disappeared from his adoptive family's Greenwich home in November. The last person who saw him was his adoptive father Stephen Kerr.
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"I was not involved in his disappearance. I have nothing to hide," said Kerr on December 6th.
No one has been charged, including Kerr, with any crime associated with Rainwalker's disappearance. He told Capital News 9 in December that his son could be in the Albany area with a gang or a black family, specifically with three teens Rainwalker befriended after leaving a respite home the day before he disappeared.
"I don't think it is a coincidence. I think these 16-year-old boys have some information about where he is," Kerr said on December 1st.
But neither Brace, who confronted Kerr on the street in Albany two weeks ago as he handed out reward flyers, believe it.
"He's trying to use that reverse psychology and say he is down here," said Brace.
"It was something that was perpetrated in the very first days of Jaliek's disappearance as a smokescreen, as some sort of story," said Dennis Smith, Rainwalker's Grandfather.
Barbara Reeley, Jaliek's grandmother, says investigators will make announcement about the case this week. But she says no matter what the announcement is, they will continue their search for Jaliek, a boy no one has seen in two-and-a-half months.