Search for Jaliek Rainwalker resumes

A year-and-a-half after his disappearance, searchers went back out in Washington County to look for Jaliek Rainwalker.

It has been more than eighteen months since police have conducted an active search for the boy, but on Wednesday they were back out on the Batten Kill in Greenwich, looking for any clues on his disappearance.

From morning into late afternoon, New York State forest rangers combed the Batten Kill shoreline while investigators plucked waterlogged debris from the underbelly of a huge mill.

Inside sources tell NEWS10 that this most recent search comes after a visit two weeks ago by a nationally recognized handler and her cadaver dogs.

At one point on the Batten Kill is a swirling bulge in the water; a spot that locals have dubbed “the hellhole”. Police say Rainwalker and his adoptive father, Stephen Kerr, were very familiar with this location.

“Stephen (Kerr) had mentioned early on that this is, was an area that they came to, and that's why our focus here coupled with the dog alerts in the area,” Greenwich Police Chief George Bell told NEWS10.

After hours of sifting thru muck and debris, however, police seemed to come up empty handed.

“We continue to get tips and we are going to continue to keep doing it,” Chief Bell said, “The interest has not died off, we still want to find Jaliek.”

The media attention around the investigation has also kept the spotlight on the case, which has seen teams from as far away as Texas come to Greenwich to aid in the search.

Rainwalker's maternal grandmother Barbara Reeley raced to Greenwich after hearing of the renewed interest in the case.

“I don't want anyone to get hurt, I don't want anyone to be harmed, but if Jaliek's there, I want Jaliek to be found,” she said.

Noticeably absent from the Wednesday search were Jaliek's adoptive parents, Stephen Kerr and Jocelyn McDonald. NEWS10 spoke to their attorney. He said over the phone that the couple still believes their son ran away and they are doing their own searches for Jaliek on the internet.

Rainwalker was reported missing by his adoptive parents on November 2nd, 2007. A couple of months later, in January, his adoptive father Kerr was named a person of interest in the disappearance.

Police did search his house, but he has never been arrested.

It was back in March that police announced they were continuing the search, despite a lack of new evidence.

Police say they will be out searching again Thursday.

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