Authorities find body "consistent" with a child in Schenectady


SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (WRGB) - Schenectady Police officially confirmed Thursday night that a body was found behind 766 State Street earlier in the evening.

It is not clear at this point whether the body belongs to missing 4-month-old Rayen Puleski.

Sgt. Matt Dearing said police first became involved on Tuesday, when he says they were contacted by Child Protective Services in regards to checking the health and welfare of Rayen and his mother Heaven Puleski.

Dearing said officers went to their address on State Street but could not locate either.

He said that's when police asked for the public's help in finding them.

Dearing said on Wednesday, Heaven was found by officers and taken in for questioning. He would not confirm where Heaven is currently, but says no one is in custody.

Dearing said the body found Thursday night is "consistent with that of a child."

He would not confirm the age or sex.

"We don't have an identity yet. We're trying to keep everyone as up-to-date as we possibly can. Like I said, I can't confirm a lot of details right now, it is still a very open investigation and an active investigation. There are still officers here on scene, so until we can kind of confirm more details, there's not much more that I can tell everyone,” said Dearing.

Heaven's Aunt, Lisa Dutcher, offered to help identify the body, but Sgt. Dearing declined.

Dutcher and other family members, including Heaven's brother and cousins, repeatedly asked Dearing during a public press conference why they were not notified that a body had been found.

Instead, family members say they learned about the discovery on social media.

Even after seeing a coroner’s van pull up to the scene, Dutcher said still, they got no answers from police until the press conference.

"Awful, really awful. It should not have went down like that. It really shouldn't. This is a private family matter. I mean, I know I have it out there publicly to help me find this baby, help us find this baby, but Jesus, you know? Pull us aside or something. Tell us anything!" Dutcher said.

Dearing says an autopsy is scheduled at some point.

WATCH: Schenectady police hold press conference after finding a body "consistent" with a child.

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