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Jaliek Rainwalker still missing after five years

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Tweleve-year-old Jaliek Rainwalker disappeared from his adoptive parent's home in Greenwich in the middle of the night in 2007. Five years later, he is still missing. Our Brooke Selby has the story.

GREENWICH, N.Y. -- "It's been five years of torment," said Dennis Smith, Jaliek Rainwalker’s grandfather.

Twelve-year-old Jaliek Rainwalker was living with Stephen and Jocelyn Kerr the last time he was seen, five years ago.

Greenwich Chief of Police, George Bell, said, “All the agencies involved, they've looked at the case from the beginning, the day that Jaliek went missing, until right up to our latest lead a few weeks ago."

Kerr told authorities back in 2007 he believes Jaliek ran away from their house in the middle of the night because he was troubled, but Jaliek's family disagrees.

Smith said, "We can't understand why they haven't actively searched for him from the first couple of days that he was supposedly missing, supposedly ran away. We don't believe a 12-year-old ran away in the middle of the night in the middle of small town America and no one ever saw him or heard from him since."

Authorities say Kerr and his wife have not been cooperative with police since their initial investigation.

Bell said, "As of today, five years later, I've had no email or phone calls from Stephen and Jocelyn. There's been no inquiries through my office or anybody else associated with the case."

Bell said this is not a cold case. The investigation is ongoing. Even though Stephen and Jocelyn have not cooperated, one family member has.

Jaliek's grandmother, Barbara Reeley, has been very vocal and vigilant since the beginning. She wants only one thing for her daughter.

"That she's able to just tell the truth and be safe," Reeley said.

Reeley hasn't communicated with her daughter, Jocelyn, and son-in-law Stephen, for more than two years. Meanwhile, the case gained an extraordinary amount of national attention and help from the media and the FBI, but all this mother just wants is closure for her family.

Reeley said it’s "Grief that has been just suspended for five long years and honestly, today it feels like ten years. It doesn't feel any longer than five years. Every day has been grief stricken."

The National Center for Missing Children was recently in Washington Country to assist with the investigation and details of their report are expected to be released in the next few weeks. Anyone with additional information on Jaliek Rainwalker's disappearance is encouraged to contact your local authorities.

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