Search for missing baby resumes Monday

Search for missing baby resumes Monday

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By Spectrum News Staff

SODUS, N.Y. — The search for 14-month-old Owen Hidalgo-Calderon resumed Monday.

Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts says police and 200 volunteers were unable to locate him Sunday after spending this weekend searching the Sodus farm on Joy Road.

New York State Police issued an Amber Alert for Owen Friday morning.

Police located the remains of his mother, 18-year-old Selena Hidalgo-Calderon, buried in a plastic bag on the farm Wednesday, May 23, where she lived and worked.

Selena Hidalgo-Calderon and Owen were last seen alive on Wednesday May 16th.

Her boyfriend, identified as Alberto Reyes, has been taken into custody on charges of tampering with evidence.

Deputies say video surveillance captured Reyes carrying a shovel near where her body was recovered, and that he admitted to burying her body.  He has not admitted to killing her and has not spoken regarding Owen’s whereabouts.

Police found a discarded cell phone along Route 104, which they believe may belong to Reyes. Deputies have requested a search warrant to access the information on the device.

Sheriff Virts said that while he remains hopeful, his experience leads him to believe the search is now likely a recovery mission at this point.

“You have a young, 18-year-old mother with a 14-month infant, and it is beyond my realm of reasoning why someone would be killed and a small infant is still missing. I can’t explain it. I don’t know how rational people can explain it,” said Sheriff Virts.

Selena’s mother says her daughter came to the United States from Guatemala in 2016 and had been employed as a migrant worker.

Officials say Selena had worked at the farm for four weeks prior to her disappearance.

The family was seeking asylum and had a court date scheduled next month for an immigration status check. The Sheriff said he does not believe the murder to be connected to immigration status.

Selena’s mother, Estela Calderon, released a statement following the Sheriff’s announcement, begging for justice for her only daughter and her grandson.

“My daughter and my grandson were my life, she was my first born and I feel like a piece of my heart is gone. What has happened to my family is unfair. I want the perpetrator to go to jail forever. I do not want another family to be hurt in this way.”

A GoFundMe page has been created by Worker Justice Center of New York to help raise money for Selena’s mother Estela and her family.