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Holding out hope for Rainwalker

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Albany/HV: Holding out hope for Rainwalker
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- Jaliek Rainwalker's adoptive grandparents and foster parents sit and listen quietly. The concert in Albany is to keep the family's reward fund full. But as the months pass with no sign of Jaliek, emotionally, they are close to running on empty.

"With no sight or sound, we have to think there has been some sort of foul play involved. We just don't know," said Dennis Smith, Rainwalker's Grandfather.

"Whatever did happen to Jaliek is found out and we can put this to rest," said Tom Person, Former Foster Parent.

It's been a busy week for people looking for Jaliek Rainwalker. First, the search of Hudson River and then the search of the Kerr family home in Greenwich.

"That made me feel good. Hopefully they found something that will bring this to an end," said Person.

"It's serious business getting a warrant to search the property. It is a serious event," said Smith.

Police took multiple items from the Greenwhich home on Thursday. Rainwalker's adoptive father Stephen Kerr said the 12 year-old ran away from the house in November. But Smith said from early on he hasn't bought Kerr's story.

"He's lying about something. He's got to be brave enough and strong enough to tell the truth about it," said Smith.

Also, both family's are holding out hope that an anonymous letter sent to various media outlets, including Capital News 9, about a week ago is true. It claims Rainwalker is still alive. But the both the family and police are skeptical that it is real. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP