An Amber Alert has been issued for Owen Hidalgo-Calderon. The 14-month-old's mother was found dead this week, buried in the woods in Sodus. The pair have been missing since May 17.
SODUS — Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts notified the public Friday evening that the search for 14-month-old Owen Hidalgo-Calderon is still ongoing.
During a press conference Thursday, an emotional Virts said their search will likely turn into a recovery operation, fearing they may not find Owen alive. State Police issued an Amber Alert for Owen Friday morning.
The boy's mother, 18-year-old Selena Hidalgo-Calderon, was found dead in Sodus. Deputies say Selena's boyfriend Alberto Reyes admits to being involved in all of this, saying he helped hide Selena's body but claims he didn't kill her.
At the moment, Reyes is just charged with tampering with evidence. Deputies say a hunter had set up trail cameras in the woods in the area, which caught Reyes going in and out of the woods with a shovel.
Investigators have evidence to believe that Reyes discarded a cell phone on Route 104. After further investigation, officers discovered a phone which they believe is linked to Reyes.
They are currently getting a search warrant in order to gather any information from the phone that might help in the case.
Selena Hidalgo-Calderon was found in a bag buried in woods behind her address on Joy Road in Sodus, and her body was positively ide. Her body was found buried in between two logs. She was found at 10:20 a.m. Wednesday. She and Owen had last been seen May 17. Her family originally had worried that Hidalgo-Calderon, a farm workers who was from Guatemala, may have left because she was afraid of an immigration hearing coming up June 5.
The sheriff said the search for the 14-month-old would continue throughout the weekend starting at 8 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday going until around 4 p.m. on both days. They plan to concentrate their investigation on the Sodus farm where Owen's mother was found.
"I don’t care about your race, creed, color, national origin or religion," Virts said. "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.”
Reyes, who is from Mexico, is due in court next week. Sheriff Virts says he is working with Mexican authorities to learn more about him and if he has a criminal record.
Anyone with information on Owen's whereabouts is asked to call 911.
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