UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Utica Police confirm to NEWSChannel 2 that the daily searches for missing infant baby Levon Wameling will no longer take place, but the investigation into his disappearance continues.
Police have searched East Utica and other "high probability" areas for the past 10 days, since the baby was reported missing.
Utica Police Sgt. Steve Hauck told NEWSChannel 2, "We searched with helicopters, dogs and dozens of people every day for nine days and we're convinced there's nothing there that's going to lead us to this child. At this point, any future searches are going to be based upon evidence developed through the investigation."
The nine-month-old has been missing for nearly three weeks, but his disappearance was not reported to police until two weeks after. He was under the watch of his father when he was last seen on the porch of their Jay Street home.
In an off-camera interview on Wednesday, the baby's father, Jevon Wameling said the reason he waited two weeks to report his child missing because he didn't want to have to tell the mother that he lost their son.
On Sunday night, police reached out to community members who might be willing to help in the search. That roster of names will be enlisted if needed, according to police officials.
Officers were seen near the Adirondack Bank building in Utica on Wednesday afternoon going through dumpsters, causing many residents nearby to question if they had found something.
The investigation will continue as tips come into authorities. People with any information on the whereabouts of Levon Wameling are asked to call authorities at 1-800-THE-LOST.