FORT EDWARD, N.Y. - The Washington County District Attorney says he would like to pursue a murder charge in the Jaliek Rainwalker case if the boy does not show up in the next year.
This announcement made by District Attorney Kevin Kortright comes upon the six-year anniversary of the 12-year-old boy's disappearance in Greenwich. After seven years, it would officially determine that Jaliek is not alive, even though a body was never found.
Kortright tells NEWS10 ABC on Monday that the case is not ready to go to the Grand Jury and when asked who would face charges, he said he would not go into that. Although, Jaliek's adoptive father, Stephen Kerr, has remained the sole person of interest in this case; which last year was changed from a disappearance to a homicide investigation.
These statements made come during an election year in which Kortright is in a heated race with Assemblyman Tony Jordan.
NEWS10 ABC asked if his intentions were politically motivated, to which he denied.
Greenwich Chief of Police George Bell says he wants to make sure all the evidence is there before pursuing a case, saying "there's only one chance to make this right." The case has been under investigation by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, FBI, state police, in addition to local police.
Jordan says he would like to look at possible charges, but says he would need to consult with law enforcement first.
Jaliek was 12-years-old when he disappeared in Washington County on November 1, 2007. The last person known to be with him was his adoptive father, Stephen Kerr, after he picked him up from Altamont.
The Kerr family has admitted they were in the process of rescinding the emotionally disabled boy's adoption. The family claims Jaliek ran away, perhaps to join a gang.
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