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SEARCH ENDS FOR MISSING TODDLER: Sodus investigation continues but Joy Rd. farm cleared (video)

Sunday PM: Search for missing Owen Hidalgo-Calderon called off

Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts says the search for the missing 14-month-old toddler in Sodus has ended. While the child was not located, Virts says the investigation will continue and all leads will be thoroughly followed.

Watch the 5 p.m. press briefing below:

Saturday AM: Federal charges filed against boyfriend

Alberto Reyes, the man with multiple aliases, who is being held in connection with the burial of his deceased girlfriend Selena Hidalgo-Calderon – now faces federal charges.

Everardo Donoteo-Reyes, who also goes by the name Alberto Ebarado Gutierrez-Reyes, is charged with having a fake Social Security card and alien registration card, and illegal re-entry after deportation.

ICE said Reyes has been deported twice from the United States – once in Louisiana in September 2016 and again in Texas in March 2017.

Selena was found dead on May 16th behind a house in an orchard farm where she worked. The 14-month-old son remains missing, according to Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts.

Felony charges filed against Reyes allege that he moved Selena’s body and buried it underneath dirt and branches on the farm property. When the Sheriff’s Office sent Reyes’ fingerprints to ICE, his immigration status came up as invalid. Investigators also found falsified documents belonging to him.

If convicted, Reyes faces a maximum of ten years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine on each count.

Federal attorneys said Reyes is scheduled to appear in federal court on June 4 at 3 p.m.


Friday AM: Toddler still missing, authorities search for any signs

In an update late-Thursday, the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office reported that the search for missing Owen Hidalgo-Calderon would continue on Friday. While it’s unclear how much longer the active search will continue, no press briefings have been held since the holiday weekend.

Dozens have been out daily from multiple agencies, including several state agencies – who are actively involved with the investigation.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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Wednesday PM: Toddler remains missing, Virts says search will continue Thursday

Wayne County Sheriff Virts says there will be no in-person press briefing on Wednesday.

This after 46 seachers from New York State Forest Rangers, ENCON Police, Missing & Exploited Children, Sodus Ambulance, Wayne County ALS, Wayne County Emergency Management and the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office continued searching the Joy Road farm at the center of the missing person and homicide investigations in Sodus.



Owen Hidalgo-Calderon, a 14-month-old child, was last seen with his mother on May 16th. The toddler’s mother was found dead in a plastic bag. Her boyfriend, Alberto Reyes, has been charged with tampering with physical evidence after law enforcement said he buried Selena Hidalgo-Calderon.

He appeared in court earlier this week, but no new details have emerged in locating the toddler.

Anyone with information regarding Owen is urged to call the Wayne County 911 Center.

Wednesday AM: Local restaurant pitches in to feed volunteers

On Tuesday the AMBER Alert for missing toddler Owen Hidalgo-Calderon was cancelled.

Some were worried that it meant the search, or ‘recovery’ mission as it had been described by Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts was coming to a close.

That was not the case.

The search continued on Tuesday; and will keep moving forward as hundreds gather at a Sodus farm on Joy Road — looking for the missing 14-month-old.

However, manpower hasn’t been the only way that members of the community and volunteers have given back.

Many in the Sodus community have stepped up to help in any way they can.

Jim Velte, who owns Bubb’as Roadhouse in Sodus helped feed the dozens of people combing the farm fields for the child. “They’re taking time out of their day making this effort to find this little boy,” Velte said on Wednesday. “It’s something I can give and something I can do.”

On Monday he prepared more than 200 meals, which included chips and 40 gallons of macaroni salad. Like the volunteers — who Velte admitted had to be exhausted — area-cooks have been stepping up providing meals for volunteers.


Reyes appears in court for first time; search continues for missing Owen

The suspect facing charges released to the death of Selena Hidalgo-Calderon appeared in Sodus Town Court on Tuesday — where he was formally charged with tampering with evidence.

Investigators say they expect to file more charges against Reyes once they determine how Selena was killed.

Reyes had been locked up since he admitted to hiding Selena’s body in the woods. He told authorities that he wasn’t the one who killed the 18-year-old, who was found in a plastic bag, buried on the farm she worked.

Owen Hidalgo-Calderon, who is Selena’s 14-month-old child has been missing since May 16th.

His whereabouts is unknown, but authorities in Wayne County are calling the search effort a ‘recovery’. On Tuesday, an AMBER Alert was cancelled for the missing toddler.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.


Tuesday Morning: Search continues, but few leads present

The search will continue on Tuesday; and there is reason to believe that young Owen Hidalgo-Calderon could be in the area that first responders have been searching for days.

Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts said police and more than 170 volunteers were unable to locate the missing toddler again on Monday. A farm on Joy Road in Sodus has been at the center of a missing person and homicide investigation.

Virts said on Monday that the search will continue on Monday and that there’s reason to believe that evidence could be on the farm.

On Tuesday, word came from officials that the AMBER Alert had been cancelled, despite the toddler still being missing.

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 the case.

The toddler’s mother – 18-year-old Selena Hidalgo-Calderon was found, buried in a plastic bag on the farm last week. The mother and child were last seen alive on Wednesday, May 16th.

Her boyfriend, who Virts identified as Alberto Reyes, a twice deported illegal immigrant – admitted to burying the body of Selena. While he hasn’t admitted to killing her; authorities say that Reyes has also not spoken about the missing child.

“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,” Sheriff Virts added on Monday during a press briefing.

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Sunday Update

Hundreds of people searching from agencies spread across the region – and still no sign of missing toddler, Owen Hidalgo-Calderon.

The 14-month-old was last seen more than a week ago – and for the last several days searchers from Wayne County fire departments, NYS Forest Rangers, ENCON Police, State Police, Federation of Search and Rescue, Missing & Exploited Children, Lyons and Sodus Ambulances, Wayne County ALS, Wayne County Emergency Management Office, Cayuga, Madison, Monroe, Livingston, Seneca, Ontario, Yates and Wayne County Sheriff’s Offices canvased the farm where Owen’s mother – Selena – had worked.

As those search efforts concluded at 4 p.m. on Sunday – Sheriff Barry Virts said they would continue on Memorial Day.

No press briefing was held on Saturday or Sunday, but on Friday – Virts said that his law enforcement experience told him that this effort was likely a ‘recovery’. The child’s mother had been found on Wednesday at the same farm, and her boyfriend – had been charged with tampering with evidence.

Officials say Ebavardo Gutierrez-Reyes, who faces charges in this active investigation had previously been deported.

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, also known as ICE, says the 25-year-old was an illegally present citizen of Mexico, and had been removed from the United States on two previous occasions in 2016 and 2017. He has a 2017 federal conviction for illegal entry.

Reyes was arrested on Thursday in Livingston County in connection to Selena’s death; he is charged with tampering with physical evidence after he was seen on trail cameras near the Joy Road home, carrying a shovel.

Anyone with information regarding missing child Owen Hidalgo-Calderon are urged to call 911.


Saturday Update

Investigators in Wayne County are focusing on a cell phone, which they believe is connected to the man charged with tampering with evidence after his girlfriend was found dead in a plastic bag at the farm they worked.

In a press conference Friday night, Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts provided a grim outlook — the same day an AMBER Alert was issued for the missing 14-month-old child. The longtime law enforcement official called on his years of experience to classify the search for missing Owen.

The child’s mother was found deceased in a plastic bag, and her medical examiners are working to determine an exact cause of death. Meanwhile, Virts reiterated that the events happening now in Wayne County are that of a homicide investigation.

Alberto Reyes has been charged, but questions loom about the future of the search for the missing 14-month-old. Virts said that officials would re-evaluate on Sunday — if the 145 involved in the search process were unsuccessful in locating the toddler.


Sodus mom had ties to investigated Owasco farm

As law enforcement continues searching for missing 14-month-old Owen Hidalgo-Calderon — new details have emerged about the toddler’s mother, who was found dead in a plastic bag on the Sodus farm by which she was employed.

Within the last year, Selena Hidalgo-Calderon worked at a Cayuga County farm that was under investigation for providing inadequate living quarters for its workers, according to the Auburn Citizen. Rebecca Fuentes, the lead organizer of the Workers’ Center of Central New York, confirmed Friday that Selena Hidalgo-Calderon, 18, used to live and work at Melrose Farm in Owasco with her son and mother.

She met Alberto Reyes, who has been accused of tampering with physical evidence in connection with the events that unfolded on the Sodus farm.

A statement posted on the Workers’ Center of Central New York’s Facebook page on Thursday described Hidalgo-Calderon as “hard-working mother” who was “one of the many thousands of upstate NY farm workers who have contributed to the state’s agricultural industry.”

“We see her death as linked to the precarious, isolated, and vulnerable living conditions of immigrant women working in rural areas,” the statement said. “Living with limited resources, little to no access to transportation, and persecuted by state agents, immigrant women are afraid to report domestic abuse or assault and often have no way to leave dangerous situations.”

Read more about the conditions by clicking here and visiting the Auburn Citizen’s story.


Friday AM Update

Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts says the search for a missing Sodus mom and her 14-month-old child has turned tragic.

Selena Hidalgo-Calderon, 18, and her toddler son, Owen, have been missing since last week. According to Virts, a body was found in the woods Wednesday morning near Hidalgo-Calderon’s home.

Deputies are still searching for the child. On Friday, an AMBER Alert was issued for the missing child, whom officials say is thought to be in imminent danger.

On Thursday, the body was positively identified as the missing woman’s. No cause of death had been released as of Thursday evening — but the investigation had turned into a homicide case.

Virts says he believes she was killed inside her home and her body was carried into the woods and buried.

Her boyfriend, identified as Alberto Reyes, was seen on trail cameras near the Joy Road home carrying a shovel.

He was taken into custody in Livingston County and charged with tampering with physical evidence. Sheriff Virts says Reyes told deputies he removed Selena Hidalgo-Calderon’s body from their home and buried her between two logs but did not admit to killing her.

In a statement released Thursday, Hidalgo-Calderon’s mother, Estela Calderon said, “My daughter and my grandson were my life, she was my first born and I feel like a piece of my heart is gone.”

Virts noted on Thursday that the search for the missing toddler had become a recovery effort.

Reyes will appear in Sodus Town Court on Tuesday.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Office.


Wednesday Report

The missing Wayne County duo were last seen in Sodus around Joy Road last week.

Selena Hidalgo-Calderon, 18, and her son, Owen Hidalgo-Calderon, were last seen one week ago, on May 16, according to authorities.

New York State Police, the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, Sodus Fire Department, and the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office are all investigating the farm where Selena had worked and lived.

According to her family, the duo lived at the farm along with her boyfriend. She speaks little English, but has lived in the U.S. since 2016. She was scheduled to appear in immigration court next month.

“We ask Selena to please come home,” her mother said during a press conference. “We think that perhaps she was scared, she has immigration court June 5th.”

Family believes that she is with her boyfriend, who is the father of the 14-month-old child.

Anyone with information is being asked to contact the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office at tip@co.wayne.ny.usor by phone at (315) 946-9711. They can also reach out to the Worker’s Center of Central New York at (315) 657-6799.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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