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Police investigating Facebook page claiming to be by Jaliek Rainwalker

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A well-known case in the Capital Region is getting some new attention-on the social networking site Facebook. But it's not a Facebook page created by a group hoping to find Jaliek Rainwalker; it's a page claiming to be created by the missing boy.

Cambridge-Greenwich Police Chief George Bell said, "I think, whoever it is, whatever their intentions are, whether it's to throw us off, or to upset the family, I don't know, but I'd like to find out who is behind it."

Chief Bell said he's working with State Police to see if there's any credibility to the page. The page says Jaliek is living in Pennsylvania, but there's no other info on the page other than a picture.

Bell said he's found no reason to believe it was actually Jaliek who created the page.

He said, "I believe Jaliek is the victim of a child homicide, at this point, there's not any bearing to this Facebook page."

Jaliek was last seen at his adoptive parents' home in Washington County more than five years ago. Jaliek's grandparents, Barbara Reeley and Dennis Smith, have been active both publicly and online in searching for their grandson. They think the page wasn't created with malicious intentions by someone, but instead, by someone trying to help.

Smith said, "My gut feeling is it's someone trying to be helpful but maybe a little confused about what they are doing."

Just last month, Chief Bell called the case a probable homicide. Police said they found the jacket they believe he was wearing when he was last seen. For Reeley and Smith, they're just looking for any information they can find online about their grandson's whereabouts.

"We believe that Jaliek would try to contact us," Smith said. "Whether this is factual or not, again, our gut feeling is that it is not, it's a well meaning person to try to help us find out what happened to our grandson."

There is another page created for Jaliek on Facebook, run by his grandmother, Barbara Reeley. She uses it to post updates about the investigation into her grandson's disappearance. Reeley said she checks sites online everyday looking for tips.

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