Jaliek L. Rainwalker
Jaliek, approximately 2007; Age at the time of disappearance: -progression to Age at the time of disappearance: 14 (approximately 2009); Stephen Kerr in 2007; Jocelyn McDonald in 2007; Barbara Reeley in 2008; Jaliek Rainwalker's house
Date reported missing : 11/01/2007
Missing location (approx) :
Greenwich, New York
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
Biracial, Black, White
DOB : 08/02/1995 (26)
Age at the time of disappearance: 12 years old
Height / Weight : 5'6, 105 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A bright yellow fleece pullover, a gray t-shirt with the imAge at the time of disappearance: of a dragon on the front, blue jeans and black canvas high-top sneakers.
Medical conditions : Jaliek suffers from severe emotional problems and has violent outbursts as a result. He was exposed to alcohol and cocaine in utero, and has been diagnosed with reactive attachment disorder, which makes it hard for him to form relationships.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : Biracial (African-American/Caucasian) male. Brown hair, green eyes. Jaliek has a slight speech impediment which causes him to pronounce the letter "r" like a "w." His name is pronounced "Ja-leek" and his nickname is Jay. At the time of his disappearance, Jaliek's hair had blond highlights and was styled in a two-inch afro. He has several moles on his back.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Jaliek was last seen at a home belonging to his adoptive father's parents in the 10 block of Hill Street in Greenwich, New York on November 1, 2007. His adoptive father, Stephen Burrell Kerr, spent the night alone in the house with him.
Jaliek disappeared during the night and has never been heard from again. Kerr says he woke up the next morning and, at 7:30 a.m., found a note Jaliek left behind. It read: "Dear everybody, I'm sorry for everything. I won't be a bother anymore. Goodbye, Jaliek." Kerr reported his son missing at 8:57 a.m. He is not believed to have been carrying any cash or credit cards when he went missing.
Jaliek had been living with his adoptive parents, Kerr and his wife Jocelyn A. McDonald, for five years by 2007. He was born addicted to crack cocaine and spent his early childhood in six different foster homes. His parents stated Jaliek had violent temper tantrums and his four siblings were afraid of him.
Jaliek's former foster parents, Jodi and Larry Schoen, who cared for him for four years, confirmed this, stating his outbursts could last up to an hour. They described Jaliek as a very intelligent but very troubled child. The Schoens had originally planned to adopt him, but after he attacked their daughter when he was seven, they decided he could no longer stay in their home. He then went to live with Kerr and McDonald, who have three biological sons and one adopted daughter. The couple's children ranged in Age at the time of disappearance: from eight to fourteen at the time of Jaliek's disappearance.
Jaliek's adoptive family led a non-traditional lifestyle at the time of his disappearance: their home in rural Washington County, New York had no running water, the toilets are outhouses, its only electricity comes from a generator that runs for several hours during the day, and everyone slept in one room. The family stated they lived this way because it was better for the environment.