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Outpouring of support to join Baby Levon search parties
UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Utica Police are preparing to take advantage of an overwhelming outpouring of offers to help search for baby Levon Wameling by organizing citizen search parties.
Utica Police on Sunday night put out the call, asking civilians to call 315-223-3510 and let them know if they're interested in helping to search for the missing nine-month-old or distribute flyers with the baby's picture.
Dozens of people called as of mid-morning Monday; some civilians and some professionals, with certification in search and rescue.
"We felt that, rather than just having people walking around the streets looking for something that they don't know what they're looking for or how to look, that we'd organize it," said Sgt. Steve Hauck.
Sgt. Hauck says that police are researching what kind of instruction civilians would need in order to take part in a search for a possible crime victim. Of high importance is what to do if they come across human remains which would be valuable evidence at trial.
At this point, police are just taking names and numbers of those interested in helping so they know how to reach them and put together an organized search. Sgt. Hauck says it will probably be a week or more before that happens.
Baby Levon Wameling's paternal grandparents reported him missing last week. At the time, the baby's father, Jevon Wameling, said the child had vanished from their Jay Street front porch two weeks prior.
The case has been receiving national attention from various media outlets.