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Police, mother of missing baby vow to press on in search

Utica Police concluded another localized search for missing baby Levon Wameling on Wednesday afternoon.
Updated at 5:40 p.m. on Wednesday, July 31

Utica (WSYR-TV) – Utica Police concluded another localized search for missing baby Levon Wameling on Wednesday afternoon, which yielded no results.

Their search was concentrated on a temporary road off of Leland Avenue between Downtown and North Utica, just off a Mohawk River construction site.

The child's mother, Amy Warney, was present for the search.

Police declined to elaborate on why they targeted the site in the North Utica area, but spend time vetting tips before initiating these elaborate efforts.

Warney said, however, that she and the child’s father, Jevon Wameling, had frequented the area.

“He is familiar with these woods, so I wanted to be here,” Warney said.

Police have not spoken with Jevon Wameling since their investigation began.

Warney believes he knows where the child is and that he had a hand in the disappearance.

“He knows where my son is. I’m not stupid. Him and his family know,” Warney said. “He definitely is responsible for the disappearance.”

Police have discussed the possibility of taking action against Jevon Wameling, but not without guidance from the Oneida County District Attorney’s Office.

For the time being, they remain focused on finding the child.

Neither the child’s mother, nor the police have given up hope of finding Levon alive.

“It’s a struggle. There’s days that I have just want to break down, and there's days where I've got to keep it up for him, you know,” Warney said.

Police have conducted three localized searches since the prolonged effort began in East Utica.

Police searched the swampy Barnes Avenue area on July 11.

Previously, they conducted a concentrated search in the town of Marcy.

Levon Wameling is 11 months old, has blonde hair and – according to the child’s father – he was last seen wearing a diaper on May 29 at 11:30 p.m. on the front porch of a residence at 748 Jay St.

He is 2 feet tall and weighs 20 pounds.

Anyone who has information that can help police should call the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children by calling 1-800-THE-LOST.

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