Search for 14-month-old Sodus Boy Continues

14-month-old boy believed to be dead

May 28, 2018 - 6:21 pm
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Sodus, N.Y. (WBENa/AP) - Authorities are continuing to search for a 14-month-old boy whose mother's body was found in western New York.

But Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts noted Monday it would be very difficult for a child so young to sustain himself.

Virts says searchers are proceeding with the awareness that little Owen Hidalgo-Calderon might not be alive, but they hope he is.

Over 170 people combed a 350-acre (142-hectare) farm in the town of Sodus on Monday.

The search for Hidalgo-Calderon has been a daily quest by authorities since the body of his 18-year-old mother, Selena Hidalgo-Calderon, was found Wednesday. An Amber Alert was issued Friday for the boy missing since May 16. It said he was taken under circumstances that led police to believe he was in danger of serious harm or death.

"The child was taken under circumstances that lead the police to believe that he is in imminent danger of serious harm and/or death," the alert said.

The mother's body was found at a farm in the Wayne County town of Sodus where she and her boyfriend, 25-year-old Edward Reyes, worked. Reyes was arrested Wednesday night on charges of tampering with evidence. Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts says he admitted burying the woman but not killing her.

According to immigration officials, Reyes was in this country illegally and has actually been deported twice before.

Reyes, caught on a hunter's trail camera going in and out of the woods with a shovel, was arrested Wednesday night on charges of tampering with physical evidence. He has admitted to burying the woman but not killing her, Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts said.

Reyes was being held on $25,000 bail in the Wayne County Jail pending a court appearance May 29. Virts said he is working with authorities in Mexico, where Reyes is from, to learn more about him and if he has a criminal record. He is not the missing child's father.

At one point while the mother and child were missing, relatives indicated that Hidalgo-Calderon and Reyes, who lived together, may have run off because of their immigration status, the sheriff's office said, but checks of surrounding train and bus stations had turned up nothing.

Rebecca Fuentes of the Workers' Center of Central New York told the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle that Hidalgo-Calderon was from Guatemala and was seeking asylum.

"I don't care about your race, creed, color, national origin or religion," Virts said at a news conference. "If you are a victim, we will fight for you, we will triumph for you. If you are a perpetrator and you have abused somebody, we are going to hunt you down."

Hidalgo-Calderon had been in the U.S. since November 2016, according to the Workers' Center.

"My daughter and my grandson were my life," her mother, Estela Calderon, said in a statement issued by the center. "She was my first born and I feel like a piece of my heart is gone."

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