Police search Utica marshlands for Levon Wameling

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Utica Police, New York State Police, the FBI and investigators from the Oneida County District Attorney's Office spent Thursday morning searching a small area of the Utica Marsh for missing 9-month-old Levon Wameling.

The deserted area north of Oriskany Boulevard is heavily wooded and bug infested. Officers had to wear mosquito netting.

Police a few weeks ago suspended the daily searches for the child, saying they'd resume only if they developed new, reliable information as to the child's possible whereabouts. Officials couldn't elaborate on the exact information that lead them to the deserted area, but suggested that it was reliable.

"Obviously that's a pretty specific area to search so the information was good enough for us to at least come down and take a look," says UPD Public Information Officer Sgt. Steve Hauck.

The child went missing May 29 but wasn't reported missing until two weeks later by his grandparents. The child's father, Jevon Wameling, told police early on that the child vanished from the front porch of their Jay Street home while he tried to get back into the house after misplacing his key.

Then, he asked for an attorney and has not talked to police since. Police wrapped up the search of the marsh late Wednesday morning without finding the child.

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