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Baby's remains identified as Levon Wameling

Utica police have confirmed that the remains of a baby recovered from the Mohawk River earlier this month have been identified as Levon Wameling.

Utica (WSYR-TV) - Utica police have confirmed that the remains of a baby recovered from the Mohawk River earlier this month have been identified as Levon Wameling.

Extensive DNA testing was conducted by the Onondaga County Medical Examiners office.

A statement released by investigators reads, "The Utica Police continue to investigate this case, with the hope that the truth will be learned and the person(s) responsible are held accountable."

Police said no other information would be offered this weekend.  The Medical Examiner's Officer did not rule on the cause of death.

Levon Wameling was 9-months old when he was reported missing in June, two weeks after his father claims the boy disappeared. 

Jevon Wameling told police he took his son for a walk late at night because Levon wouldn't sleep. He claimed to have left the baby on the front porch of his Jay Street home because he was locked out and had to find another way inside. Wameling said the boy was missing by the time he returned to the porch. But, he didn't call police that night.

Two weeks after he claimed to have seen his son for the last time, Jevon Wameling contacted an attorney, who ultimately notified police that the baby was missing.

Levon Wameling's body was discovered hours after his father was arrested by New York State Police for unrelated burglary charges.

Troopers notified the Utica Police Department of a tip that led them to search the Mohawk River two weeks ago.

According to court papers, Jevon Wameling was hired by his step-uncle to do work at his home in Oriskany. But, money and jewelry disappeared.  In a statement to police, Wameling admitted that he wrote a letter to his aunt apologizing for stealing.

Police have never arrested anyone in connection with Levon Wameling's disappearance and death.

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