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Remains found in river ID'd as baby Levon

  • Levon Wameling was last seen on May 29
  • Boy's father doesn't report him missing until 2 weeks later
  • Human remains were found in container in Mohawk River on September 6
Remains found in river ID'd as baby Levon

2 weeks pass before baby reported missing

2 weeks pass before baby reported missing

Police update search for Baby Levon

Police update search for Baby Levon

Authorities announced Saturday that remains recovered earlier in September from a river in Utica, New York, are those of missing 9-month-old Levon Wameling.

Levon was last seen on May 29, 2013. His father, Javon Wameling, told authorities he accidentally locked himself out of the house and left the baby alone on the front porch while he tried to find a way inside.

READ MORE: Utica authorities may have found baby Levon

Wameling didn't report to police that Levon was missing until June 11, when the baby's grandmother repeatedly asked about Levon's whereabouts. Police searched for Levon for months to no avail. 

Authorities made a breakthrough in the case on September 6 when state police divers went to the Mohawk River where they found a container with human remains. Utica Police Chief Mark Williams said investigators searched the river following "credible information from State Police." 

Extensive DNA testing by the Onondaga Medical Examiner's office was used to identify the remains, according to a statement released Saturday by Utica Police Sgt. Steve Hauck, public information officer.

"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," the statement read.

The statement went on to say officials have not yet determined a cause of death. Levon's first birthday would have been August 31.

Wameling is currently in the Oneida County jail on burglary charges.


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