Search for missing boy resumes, suspect awaits court hearing

Search for missing boy resumes, suspect awaits court hearing

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By Spectrum News Staff

 

 

SODUS, N.Y. — The search for 14-month-old Owen Hidalgo-Calderon will pick up again Tuesday morning.

Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts says police and more than 170 volunteers were unable to locate him Monday after spending this weekend searching the Sodus farm on Joy Road.

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

Sheriff Virts says the search will continue to focus on the farm, as there is “reason to believe there is evidence here” related to the case.

The department has received 47 calls after the Amber Alert was issued, he added. The alert will remain in place as a way to ensure people are still looking for Owen if he’s alive. While remaining hopeful the little boy will be found alive, Sheriff Virts admitted his teams are working with the understanding that that might not be true.

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. Reyes, is in jail awaiting a preliminary hearing later Tuesday for the tampering with evidence charge. Authorities believe he killed inside their home and then tried to hide the body. Police awaiting an autopsy to determine how she died.

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.