As Utica Police continue to search for missing 9-month-old Levon Wameling, they are asking residents not to organize a search. Friday marks the third day of the search for Wameling.
Friday night Utica police say they're continuing to search the streets surrounding Jay Street for any sign of Levon, but have been unable to locate him. State Police brought in a helicopter to be used in an aerial search Friday, but nothing useful was found.
Police say they will continue to search throughout the weekend for Levon until he's found or until they have thoroughly checked and rechecked anywhere he might be.
Police say they are aware of a movement by area residents on Facebook to organize a search for the baby, but are asking residents not to do so.
They are also advising citizens not to search the nearby area of the father's home on Jay Street as it may contaminate the area police are searching,
Police ask that Utica residents only search their own property and areas just outside of their homes at this time. They say there may be a time when they ask for the public to assist in an organized search, but they are not requesting that now.
Levon Wameling went missing on May 29 and the childâ??s father, 27-year-old Jevon Wameling, only reported him missing on Tuesday, two weeks later. Police say the father claims the child disappeared from his front porch at 748 Jay Street.
A group of volunteer retired investigators from the Center for Missing and Exploited Children have teamed up with the Utica Police to search for the child and distributed posters with Levon's picture on them on Wednesday.
On Thursday night, the childâ??s mother, Amy Warney, asked for the community's help to find her son. "If you know where he is, if he's alive or dead, please call Utica Police so I can put him to rest. Don't be scared, if you know anything, please contact somebody," Amy said at a press conference.
Neighbors in the community have built a memorial for Levon.
Anyone with any information that may help in the investigation is asked to call Utica Police at 315-735-3301.