Utica police say they have new information in the disappearance of nine-month-old Levon Wameling. Wameling hasn't been seen in over a month. YNN's Andrew Sorensen tells us about the new search officials hope will bring the baby home.
MARCY, N.Y. -- For ten days, police searched East Utica backyards and businesses, searching for the baby who allegedly disappeared off his front steps more than a month ago.
"And we're thoroughly convinced that we checked it, multiple times. And there was nothing there that would lead us to believe that we had any information that could lead us to Levon," Utica Police Sergeant Steve Hauck said.
They called that search off. But after weeks of nothing, they finally have something new in the case of Levon Wameling.
Hauck said, "It's related to the case. It's some information we've been developing for the last week or so."
He said someone gave them some information that was important enough to follow up on.
"We're here searching an area, up behind the Maynard Fire House on Church Road in Marcy," said Hauck.
They're combing through 30 acres of heavy woods with helicopters, dogs and on foot. They won't say how they got the information or what they have, but they have some level of confidence in it.
"Obviously, the kind of resources that this takes, you don't just pick an area and put 30 officers in there and just to search it without any type of intelligence," Hauck said.
They do have concerns about the weather and terrain Levon would have been exposed to out here.
"We've always felt that there's a chance that Levon is alive, after all this time. I know hopes diminish, but as far as we're concerned, we're just going wherever the case leads us," said Hauck.
They say they'll keep searching as long as they have new, credible information coming in.
Police haven't said if they have other sites to search. But they say they will conduct more searches if they get more information.