TROY, N.Y. - State police dive teams braved the frigid Hudson River near Troy Thursday in their search for Jaliek Rainwalker. Police said new leads suggest the 12-year-old's adoptive father Stephen Kerr may have been in this area the night Jaliek was last seen.
Greenwich Police Chief George Bell said, "We don't believe that Stephen was entirely truthful about his route home on November 1st from Latham back to Greenwich. "
Early on, the FBI flew helicopters over the Hudson from New York City up to the Capital Region in their search, but most of the focus had been on Washington County. Now that the focus is shifting, and Troy's police captain has some strong words for Kerr.
Captain John Cooney said, "The river as we've come to know it in Troy is a very dangerous place, and for them to be out there for as long as they have is just such a strong message not only to the public but also to Stephen Kerr that this investigation will continue at all costs."
Costs which involve law enforcement on many levels and the use of specially trained divers to comb the river with new equipment.
Police said that new sonar technology was recently donated to them and it was also used in the search for missing college student Joshua Szostak. They said its specific purpose is to scan the bottom of the river.
Cooney said, "The sonar is working very well based on what they've told us."
And as police do their job, several people, including Jaliek's grandparents and former foster families, came out to just watch and wait.
Reverend Tim Sherman said, "I couldn't get it out of my head and I couldn't get it off my heart. I lost sleep over it and said to myself, I did not know Jaliek, but now I feel like I've know Jaliek forever."
As for police, they said they're continuing to follow leads and that they don't want to rest until they can put an end to this investigation.