Updated 08/03/2008 08:40 AM
Jaliek Rainwalker turns 13
WYNANTSKILL, N.Y. -- If you drove by the house, you'd think it's someone's birthday. Inside, the table is set. Plates of ribs for dinner are ready. The guitar shaped cake is for desert. It's Jaliek Rainwalker's 13th birthday. But this celebration's main guest sadly won't get to blow out his candles. No one has seen the Greenwich teen in a little more than nine months.
"We miss him. We love him. We are distraught that he is not here with us to have his birthday with us he deserves to have," said Rainwalker's grandfather Dennis Smith.
"Every day that goes by makes it tougher, but we are not going to give up," said Tom Person, Rainwalker's former foster parent.
"Yesterday, buying balloons was very hard. It's hard to celebrate someone's birthday and they can't be here with us," said Barbara Reeley, Rainwalker's grandmother.
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Reeley said people continue to report tips and last month Greenwich Police searched and removed what they think is Jaliek's clothing last month from the former home of his adoptive parents, Steven Kerr and Jocelyn McDonald. Kerr remains a person of interest in the case. Still, no one has been charged with any crimes regarding his disappearance.
"He deserves to be here. Whatever happened to him he did not deserve," said Smith.
"I am a pretty impatient person, but I need to be patient. We just need to wait until we get that phone call and saying someone has found him," said Reeley.
The house that police searched is also the house Washington County Sheriff’s said Reeley broke into in early July. Reeley said she couldn't talk about the case, but said she's is due back in Greenwich Town Court Tuesday night.