SODUS, N.Y. – Recovery teams continue to search for a missing, and now believed dead, 14-month-old baby in Wayne County, after officials cancelled an Amber Alert Tuesday.
The infant, who has been missing for two weeks, Owen Hidalgo-Calderon , is the son of Selena Hidalgo-Calderon. Her body was found wrapped in plastic in an orchard on a farm where she worked in Sodus. The body of Owen’s 18-year-old mother was found in a bag buried in the orchard last Wednesday after she and Owen went missing the week before.
According to the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, 173 searchers continued to investigate the farm along Joy Road on Monday, marking day 12 of the investigation. Their search efforts were expected to conclude around 7 p.m. Monday evening, with plans to resume Tuesday morning. Volunteer searchers have faced heat, humidity and dense vegetation.
Hidalgo-Calderon’s boyfriend, Alberto Reyes, has been arrested and taken into custody. He denies killing her, but the sheriff’s office says Reyes admitted to burying her body. He has not provided any information about the whereabouts of Owen.
On Friday, Virts revealed that a cell phone was uncovered by crews searching along Route 104, believing it belongs to Reyes. It turned out not to be connected to anyone in the case.
Over the weekend, the Wayne County Underwater Recovery Unit and the New York State Police helicopter joined the search for Owen. Sheriff Barry Virts says he believes this likely will be a recovery effort rather than a rescue, but they remain committed to finding the boy.
Reyes is in the United State illegally from Mexico. According to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, he had been removed from the U.S. on two previous occasions in 2016 and 2017. He was federally convicted for illegal entry in 2017.
Reyes is not Owen’s father; the little boy’s biological father is in Guatemala, which is where Hidalgo-Calderon is from.