Jaliek case now considered probable homicide

Posted at: 12/13/2012 11:29 AM
Updated at: 12/13/2012 5:14 PM
By: WNYT Staff

GREENWICH – The investigation into the disappearance of a Washington County boy has taken a turn.

At a news conference Thursday morning Cambridge-Greenwich Police Chief George Bell announced that the Jaliek Rainwalker investigation is no longer considered a missing person case, but is now classified as a probable child homicide.

Jaliek disappeared five years ago when he was 12 years old. He was last seen with his adoptive father, Stephen Kerr – who has been considered a person of interest in the case, but never named as a suspect.

Jaliek was living in Greenwich with Kerr and his wife, Jocelyn McDonald. The couple, who later moved to Vermont, had said they suspected Jaliek ran away. Police say they have not been cooperative with the investigation.

Bell says investigators now have reason to believe that Jaliek most likely met with foul play and that there is no indication that he is still alive.

Police also announced that the yellow jacket Jaliek was last seen wearing was recently found.

Police say there may still be someone out there with information that could help the investigation. They’re hoping the reclassification of the case as a probable homicide might spur someone to come forward.

Investigators say this has never been considered a "cold case" and that they are determined to bring it to a resolution.