Texas group will start looking for 12-year-old


Wednesday, April 16
GREENWICH, N.Y. — With a drone airplane equipped with a high-resolution cameras, a Texas group will begin focusing on the Batten Kill and the Hudson River in hopes to find 12-year-old Jaliek Rainwalker, who has been missing since Nov. 1.

Tim Miller, director of Texas EquuSearch, met with Cambridge/Greenwich Police Chief George Bell on Monday and Tuesday to prepare for multiple searches. "He's putting a game plan together as we speak. I'm looking forward to it," Bell said on Tuesday. "It's new equipment, it's high-tech equipment."

Miller will head back to Texas on Wednesday and return on Monday with a search crew and equipment, Bell said. The group is volunteering its efforts at the request of Barbara Reeley, the mother of Rainwalker's adoptive mother, Jocelyn McDonald. Reeley is involved in the meetings with Miller and Bell.

Texas Equusearch is a non-profit group formed in 2000 by Miller and has a proven record of successful searches and access to an array of equipment, Bell said.

"Tim's daughter was abducted and murdered in 1984, and in 2000 he devoted himself to starting this group," Bell said. "He used (the cameras) with other searches and had great success."

With the rivers flowing harder with a higher water level, it is more likely a body could be washed up, which is why the focus will start there, Bell said. Searches stopped during the winter but are now continuing with the warm weather.

"We've done some searching this weekend and we had 60 to 65 searchers," Bell said.

Numerous volunteer organizations, the New York State Police, New York Forest Rangers and local fire departments have all been active in searches for Rainwalker but have yet to find any clues.

"I started to make a list of the different organizations that have helped and it's about 23 or 24. I can probably add about 10 more to that," Bell said. "They're coming from all over the place."

During the winter, police focused on investigating Stephen Kerr, Rainwalker's adoptive father, and named him a person of interest after police discovered multiple inconsistencies in his story.

Police received a search warrant, which is being contested by Kerr's attorney, to search his Hill Street home and seized multiple items, including a computer. Those items are still being analyzed by the FBI, Bell said.

"There is nothing new with the investigation," Bell said.

The investigation is expected to continue once analysis of those items is completed, Bell said.


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