Updated at 5:53 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 8
Utica (WSYR-TV) – Utica Police visited a landfill in northern Oneida County in connection to the case of missing baby Levon Wameling who was last seen on May 29.
Police declined to say why they were at the Ava Landfill, which is located approximately 30 miles from the city where 11-month-old Levon Wameling was last seen.
“Exactly what we're doing, I can't say. But this is kind of the next chapter,” said Utica Police Sgt. Steve Hauck.
The Utica Police spokesman shied away from specifics regarding his reference to a "next chapter."
“When you search a landfill as opposed to other searches, that does bring a certain finality to the case,” he said. They declined to call Thursday's clandestine efforts a "search."
They did indicate that they knew where waste from East Utica was located in the landfill. “They have technology that tracks garbage from each individual area and dumps it in a particular area in the dump,” Hauck said.
Although the last day he claims he saw the child was May 29, the child's father Jevon Wameling did not report his son missing until 14 days after the disappearance from their Jay Street home in East Utica.
The father maintains that he left the boy out front while he entered through a window, having locked himself out.
Observers have asked why police have refrained from charging Jevon Wameling with a crime such as child neglect or endangerment in connection to the child’s disappearance.
“To charge him with that would be accepting the premise that he left the child there unattended. We don't believe that to be true,” Hauck said.
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.
At the time of the disappearance, he was 2-feet-tall and weighed 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.