After months of searching in Utica, the remains of a child are found in the Mohawk River. But police don't know if they are those of baby Levon Wameling YNN's Andrew Sorensen has more on the search and what they found.
UTICA, N.Y. -- UTICA, N.Y.-- In the long search for Levon Wameling, Utica Police have searched five locations from his neighborhood to desolate woods to ex-industrial areas bordering the Mohawk River. Each time, they came back with nothing.
Utica Police Sergeant Steve Hauck says they've tried to remain professional.
"But when you're dealing with a young child like this, I defy anybody to not be emotional about it. Every time that we've gone and conducted a search, we've been very hopeful, and then when you turn up nothing, you know, you kind of get a little bit down on it," he said.
Levon's father, Jevon, said he left Levon on the porch for a minute in May and never saw him again. Police were contacted two weeks later and they've been searching since.
But new leads kept coming in, like the one that ended up as the subject of a news conference Friday with Police Chief Mark Williams.
"Yesterday, we received credible information from the New York State Police about the possible whereabouts of baby Levon," Williams said.
They won't say how the information developed, but Jevon was arrested by State Police Thursday on unrelated burglary charges. The tip brought Utica Police back to the Mohawk River Friday morning.
"Yeah, we haven't searched water. We've searched the area around the water over here. As you know, a few weeks ago, we checked this area, so it's the general area. It's just we're checking the water," said Hauck.
Again, their hopes were rising that they could bring closure to Levon's family.
"There's been a lot of hard work that's been put into this case, long hours. And we were never, ever going to stop looking for baby Levon. And I think today proves that," said Williams.
State Police divers spent hours in the Mohawk, finally coming up with what they've been looking for.
"We found the remains of what appears to be an infant in the river," Williams said.
Williams and Hauck always said they hoped to find Levon alive. Now they say they hope this brings a long-sought conclusion.
"But again, we have a lot of investigative work to be done in this case still and we're going to make sure that the person responsible is charged to the best of our ability," said Williams.
He couldn't say when or if charges would be filed.
The remains police found have been sent to the Onondaga County Medical Examiner. There's no word on how soon they might be able to be identified.
Police gave an update to their search on Friday. You can watch that below:
YNN CNY: During search for missing child, remains found in Mohawk River
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