Utica Police search for Levon Wameling one month after reported missing

Police searched the Barnes Avenue area in Utica for missing Levon Wameling.

Utica Police conducted a search operation Thursday for Levon Wameling, now 10-months-old, who was reported missing exactly one month ago on June 11.

Police searched the Barnes Avenue area in Utica, a heavily wooded area that is part of a marsh. Police say they were acting on a tip.

The search was in a very specific location and was complete within a few hours. The search did not locate the child.

Police also conducted a search operation of a heavily wooded area in the Town of Marcy last week.

Sgt. Steve Hauck told CNY Centralâ??s Dora Scheidell earlier this week that he hopes the babyâ??s father, 27-year-old Jevon Wameling, will come forth and speak to police. "We invite him to reach out to us with an attorney present. To me, the most important person in a missing person case is the person who last saw them, and in this case, it's the father," says Hauck.

Police previously said they consider Wameling as a person of interest in the case, but have not identified him as a suspect. The Oneida County District Attorney previously told CNY Central that it is too early to look at any potential criminal charges in the case. The babyâ??s mother, Amy Warney, was away when the baby went missing.

Wameling told police that he left his son alone for a few moments on the front porch of his 748 Jay Street home in Utica on May 29. When he returned, he says the baby was gone. 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.

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

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