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No new leads in Greenwich boy's disappearance

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Albany/HV: No new leads
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GREENWICH, N.Y. -- Police in Greenwich have run out of options.

Police Chief George Bell said, "It's frustrating. We're literally back to square one. We're literally no further along today than when Jaliek's parents came in and reported him missing."

That was two weeks ago, and police are running out of steam.

Bell said, "I've had 25, 50 police officers a day, from the New York State Police, forest rangers, my office, these guys are all traveling up here from Albany or wherever."

And now additional officers are retracing their steps in the investigation.

Bell said, "We have 50 recruits. We've beefed up the New York State Police and my own department, and our plan is to go back to the area that he was last seen."

The 50 recruits already searching for Jaliek will be joined next week by volunteers from the State Police and the Air Force, but Greenwich police say at this point, they're starting to lose hope.

Bell said, "Unless he was able to find food and shelter, if he just wandered off in the wilderness, in the elements, it's unfortunate, but at this point it's a search and recovery effort."

Despite that news, people in the community are holding out hope.

Carl Casselman of Greenwich said, "If they didn't think there was a chance, they just wouldn't bother, they just wouldn't bother, but they do, and that's impressive."

Casselman said the effort from search crews has been impressive as well.

Casselman said, "Nobody's given up, nobody's given up which is great. It's in our minds all the time."

And also on the minds of the police.

Bell said, "The lead desk is still open, and as long as those leads come in we'll take them. Our mission is to find Jaliek and bring him home, one way or the other."

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