Updated: Apr 4, 2022
Jaliek Rainwalker was only 12 years old when he went missing from Greenwich, New York in 2007. His adoptive parents told police that they believed Jaliek ran away to join a gang. But not long into the investigation, Jaliek’s adoptive father, Stephen Kerr, would be named a person of interest and almost every item he said Jaliek took with him when he left was later found in the family’s homes.
Jaliek Rainwalker went missing on November 1st or 2nd, 2007. At that time Jaliek was 5ft 6 inches tall and weighed approximately 105 pounds. Jaliek is Biracial, he is an African American and Caucasian male with Brown hair and green eyes. At the time of his disappearance, Jaliek's hair had blond highlights and was styled in a two-inch afro. He has several moles on his back. He may also go by the nickname Jay.
Anyone with information is urged to Contact the local FBI office. If you wish to stay anonymous, you can also submit a tip online at Tips.FBI.Gov
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