Updated 08/21/2008 02:53 PM
Find Jaliek Task Force sets up booth at fair
GREENWICH, N.Y. -- The name Jaliek Rainwalker has become very familiar over the past nine-and-a-half months, in part because friends and family of the missing boy continue to keep his name in the news.
His grandmother Barbara Reeley said, "It's hard. It's long hours. There have been a lot of tears, but we just want to keep his name and face out there so if anyone has any information they come forward."
This booth at the Washington County Fair is decorated with dozens of pictures of Jaliek through the years and Reeley and some of Jaliek's former foster parents are stationed there talking to people and recruiting some for future searches.
"Most of the people signing up for the searches don't know Jaliek. Some are EMTs or firefighters or just people who want to be out there helping," said Reeley.
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A couple from Greenwich actually got involved in a search team earlier this year because of the Jaliek case.
Searcher Dari Norman said, "It's very much in the forefront of life in Southern Washington County and likely beyond."
For Reeley and her husband who believe Jaliek is no longer alive, the ultimate goal is to find him and give him a proper burial.
She added, "Everybody deserves that. Every life is precious."
Reeley and other members of the Find Jaliek Task Force will be at the booth through the end of the fair, which is Sunday.