Updated 04/15/2008 10:40 AM
Texas EquuSearch joins Jaliek search effort
COLONIE, N.Y. -- "When you get a call from a grandmother that says please help me, I am not a person that can say no," said Texas Equusearch Founder & Director Tim Miller.
It was Jaliek Rainwalker's grandmother Barbara Reeley who called Tim Miller. He's the founder of Texas Equusearch. Along with Jaliek's grandfather Dennis, the missing Greenwich boy's grandparents met Miller as he stepped into Albany International Airport and also stepped into a search that is over 5 months old.
"I'm not going to say that I am thoroughly optimistic, but I look back at our past record and we and brought home over 260 alive, many of them would be dead," said Miller.
Miller said his group is made up of volunteers and said they have a variety of searching skills, including many who ride horses. He said they have worked on high profile cases like the Natalee Holloway disappearance and said the next step is to get the lay of the land.
"We have to look at the area and meet with law enforcement, spend a lot of time with the family do a lot of talking with god and see where it is going to take us," said Miller.
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Miller started the group in honor of his daughter, Laura. She was raped and murdered in 1984. Reeley said she's waited weeks to meet with Miller and wants to see what he can do.
"We both lost someone that we love dearly, and I think that he knows how we are feeling," said Reeley.
"I remember that 17 months that she was missing, I know what these families are going through," said Miller.
Miller said along with the horses, he has divers, dog teams, and pilots available for searching. He said once he meets with law enforcement he'll have better idea how he can help.