Police find body, may be missing baby

Mom convicted of escaping from Gloversville police in 2017

SCHENECTADY — Authorities searching for 4-month-old Rayen Puleski confirmed at a Thursday press conference they had found a body “consistent with that of a child” behind 766 State St.

Schenectady police had been looking for the child’s mother, 37-year-old Heaven Puleski, and found her Wednesday in a local motel but hadn’t been able to find her son, Rayen.

Her aunt, Lisa Dutcher, told local media that she hasn’t seen Rayen since June. Dutcher said a Child Protective Services worker has been trying to track down Puleski for weeks. She has not been charged with any crime.

Schenectady police and state troopers had been searching a city neighborhood where Puleski recently moved into.

Puleski is the same woman who escaped Gloversville police custody in 2017.

She was the subject of a foot and helicopter search of the area for two days and was captured in Schenectady and was sentenced on Jan. 18, 2017 in Gloversville City Court to 10 months in Fulton County Jail following a November guilty plea to one count of third-degree escape. She faced up to a year in jail on those charges.

Puleski escaped from the custody of three city police officers around 3 a.m. on Oct. 6. She was wanted on a bench warrant out of Saratoga County, and the officers responded when a car she was riding in was pulled over.

She had faced a bench warrant for seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance in Northumberland Town Court in Saratoga County.

Then on March 30, 2017, she was sentenced to one year in Saratoga County Jail following a Feb 1, 2017 guilty plea to driving while ability impaired by drugs, a felony. Her sentence at the time included surcharges, fines and the revocation of her license.