RUPERT, VT. - An exhaustive search of the Greenwich - Cambridge area of Washington County and beyond has still shed no light on where 12 year-old Jaliek Rainwalker may be. Now, the search has crossed state lines, bringing crews into Vermont. Jaliek has been missing since November 1st. Now forest rangers are combing a densely forested area.
"We're trying to leave no stone unturned and this is just an area that we need to get in and look at," said Cambridge-Greenwich Police Chief George Bell.
The area of Vermont is about 45 minutes from the Greenwich home Jaliek was last said to be seen in. The parents say they've camped here before, and this is just another one of the many leads police continue to follow up on.
"It's a general question that we asked. Where do you hike? Where do you go camping?"
The adoptive parents are providing information but the community is left still wondering why they aren't part of the search.
"I don't want to go in to why they may not be. I'm sure they have their own reasons. But, it's bizarre behavior. But maybe they have their reasons," said Bell.
Still, Jaliek's grandmother Barbara Reely is setting a place for Jaliek at her Thanksgiving table to keep him in her thoughts and prayers this holiday even though he's not home.