Updated 03/13/2013 07:47 PM
Grandmother hopeful for resolution in Rainwalker case
On Tuesday, Cambridge-Greenwich Police Chief George Bell said he's confident an arrest is imminent in the five-year-old Jaliek Rainwalker missing child case. One day later, YNN's Matt Hunter sat down with the missing boy's grandmother and an attorney representing his adoptive parents.
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WASHINGTON COUNTY, N.Y. – More than five years after he was last seen at his family's Washington County home, Barbara Reeley has little hope her grandson, Jaliek Rainwalker, will ever be found alive.
Just three months ago, law enforcement reclassified the case as a "probable child homicide."
"There needs to be some responsibility put at somebody's door who made him disappear because a child doesn't just disappear," Reeley said Wednesday.
While no official suspect has even been named, police have long viewed Jaliek's adoptive parents, Stephen and Jocelyn Kerr, as persons of interest.
Jeffrey McMorris, the Kerrs' attorney, says Tuesday's news that Cambridge-Greenwich Police Chief George Bell believes an arrest is imminent in the weeks ahead came as a shock.
"Why? Why are you saying that now,” McMorris said. “What has happened that has led you to make that statement?"
Bell did provide specifics about a suspect, timeline or developments in the investigation, but says the Kerrs have continued their refusal to cooperate with police.
McMorris says in the weeks before the December press conference, he was attempting to schedule a meeting between his clients and police, but those plans have since been canceled.
"There's no plans pending, there's nothing scheduled,” McMorris said. “I'm available."
Reeley, who has also not spoken to the Kerrs in years, says she began to believe an arrest was finally possible after the investigation was reclassified. She's hopeful that will finally bring her family closure, even if it doesn't reunite them with her grandson.
"If there's an arrest and a trial, somehow we'll get through it,” Reeley said. “I think Jaliek deserves that, every person deserves that."