Family members remain without answers nearly a week after police began searching for a 4-month-old boy.
Schenectady police discovered the body of a young child behind a home on State Street late last week, but they still cannot give closure to the family of Rayen Puleski. Officers held a press conference on Monday to state they are still unable to identify the body.
Lisa Dutcher was hoping for closure.
“I have that hope,” she said. “That he is still out there somewhere, but unfortunately, this is all just too coincidental.”
Dutcher’s niece, Heaven Puleski, lived at the State Street home with Rayen, but the infant has not been seen in a month.
“I was under the impression that he was safe and she was clean and things were going good for her,” Dutcher said.
Schenectady Police Sgt. Matt Dearing said the body found behind the home cannot be identified, yet, because of the condition of the body.
“It’s going to be a little bit of time before we are going to be able to positively identify or get a potential cause of death from autopsy or anything along those lines,” he said.
Dearing would not elaborate, but he said it is an ongoing and active investigation that started when Child Protective Services contacted the police department last week. Dutcher puts the blame on CPS.
“Me, personally, I think they failed him,” she said.
Dutcher said Heaven told CPS that Rayen was staying with her daughter – something that was not true and something Dutcher said CPS never checked on.
“Somebody has got to be liable for this because if we had been contacted sooner, especially when she said my daughter had the baby, they should have contacted my daughter immediately,” Dutcher said.
Police say anyone with information should come forward right away.
“You can get one tip or one lead that kind of turns things around, and we’re going to follow every single one of those,” Dearing said.
As Dutcher and her family continue to wait.
“Waiting for answers, still, just like everybody else,” she said.
Heaven was taken into custody by police last week for questioning. There is no word on her current location, but police said no arrests have been made and they would not comment on any people of interest.