Police urge public to search yards, property for missing infant
UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Utica Police are continuing to ask for the public's help in the case of missing nine-month-old Levon Wameling, who has been missing for more than two weeks.
Officials urge city residents to search their yards and property and to call law enforcement with any information in the case. The hotline for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children is 1-800-THE-LOST.
Utica Police, along with other law enforcement agencies, are in their second day of searching for a missing infant last seen in East Utica.
Wameling was last seen on the doorstep of 748 Jay Street wearing a diaper, according to the child's father. The father, 27-year-old Jevon Wameling, did not report the missing child for two weeks, according to police.
Now two weeks behind in the search, law enforcement say their search is still focused in the City of Utica, simply because it makes sense to begin the search where the missing baby was last seen. Jay Street is the center of police attention with the search area stretching north of the neighborhood to Broad Street.
The search Thursday saw more involvement by New York State Police, US Marshals, the FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children based in Virginia. Search dog units are also being used.
Wameling is not currently being charged, but police say he is being questioned. Police Chief Mark Williams says there is no probable cause for arrest at this time.
Police say the Levon's mother checked into rehab for drug use around the time of the disappearance, but she was released following the news of her child's disappearance.
She spoke out to NEWSChannel 2 on Thursday. "It's been hell, I just, I want him home. That's all I want is him home," says Warney.