A group of volunteer retired investigators from the Center for Missing and Exploited Children, known as a team ADAM, are now in Utica to assist police with the search of 9-month-old Levon Wameling.
"There's a level of expertise in regard to the experience of having been through it before, also there are certain types of databases, there's certain search engines, certain demographic type pieces of information that they can offer," said Wendy Fical from the Center's Utica office.
Levon Wameling has been missing for two weeks and was just reported missing this past Tuesday. Police say the father of the child, 27-year-old Jevon Wameling, contacted Utica Police through an attorney two weeks after he says the child disappeared from his front porch at 748 Jay Street on May 29.
On Wednesday, volunteers from the Center for Missing and Exploited Children distributed posters with Levon's picture on them. His picture and information are also listed on the center's national website. The center's family advocacy staff has offered counseling to Levon's family.
"They are also persons that may have had something unfortunate happen in their past," said Fical of the counseling staff. "They have the experience of knowing how to talk to someone, maybe the additional counseling that might need."
The infantâ??s father is considered a "person of interest" in the disappearance but is not a suspect.
Jevon Wameling told police Tuesday that he was with the baby outside of the house two weeks ago when he said he found himself locked out. He told police he went around the house to get inside and that, when he returned, the baby was gone.
Police continued searching the area around Jay Street for the child on Thursday. Reba Lopez knew Levon Wameling by the sound of his cry and she hopes to hear it again. Lopez lives across the street from where Levon lived with his father and has been maintaining a small collection of candles and children's toys on his porch. Toys, she hopes to be able to give him someday.
"We're just all scared by what could have happened," said Lopez.