Search for Levon Wameling focuses on Ava Landfill

Utica Police searched a section of the Ava Landfill Thursday morning in connection to 11-month-old Levon Wameling, who was reported missing in June.

Sgt. Hauck says trash can be tracked within landfills to specific areas. Utica Police received help from the Center for Missing and Exploited Children on how to best focus in on the area to look at.

"From a day after Levon was missing, the area that would be our focus here has been roped off, it has been isolated," said Sgt. Steve Hauck.

Hauck also acknowledged it is unlikely Levon Wameling is still alive.

"When you search a landfill as compared to other locations, it does bring a sort of finality to a case. So I think when people see that a child has been missing as long as Levon has been missing it does change the focus a little bit," said Hauck.

"We're realists and after all this time, if he was being cared for by someone or like some people have speculated, the child was given up and sold somehow - when you look at those scenarios, they don't work," said Hauck. "For someone not to have come forward by now - I think it doesn't leave us much options."

Police left the Ava Landfill around 11:00 a.m. Thursday morning.

Utica Police say they have not been able to speak with the child's father, 27-year-old Jevon Wameling, since their first interview with him. At that interview Wameling asked for an attorney. Sgt. Hauck said he hopes Jevon Wameling will agree to speak with investigators again.

Previous searches near the childâ??s home, a wooded area in north Utica, a marshy area in Utica, and a wooded area in Marcy have not turned up anything.

According to Levonâ??s father, the child was last seen on the front porch of his 748 Jay Street home in Utica on May 29.

Wameling did not notify police until two weeks later. Wameling told the Utica Observer-Dispatch that he waited to go to police because he did not want to tip off the kidnapper and he was skeptical that investigators would help him.

No charges have been filed against Jevon Wameling and Hauck says even a charge of endangering the welfare of a child is unlikely.

"To charge him with that would be accepting the premise that he left the child there unattended. We don't believe that to be true so we're not going to charge somebody with a crime we don't believe was committed," said Hauck.

Anyone with any information that may help in the investigation is asked to call Utica Police at 315-735-3301.