Police will continue their search Tuesday morning for a missing Sodus, New York,toddler, who vanished almost two weeks earlier.
Per WHEC, 173 volunteers combed a farm along Joy Road Monday for 14-month-old Owen Hidalgo-Calderon and will resume their search first thing tomorrow. The Sodus farm is of extreme interest because the missing toddler’s mother, Helena Hidalgo-Calderon, 19, has worked at the 350-acre farm and her decapitated body was found wrapped in a bag and buried in a nearby orchard.
“We need to go step by step, inch by inch,” Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts said of their ongoing investigation, according to the Democrat & Chronicle.
“We will bring justice. We are going to keep after this until we get the evidence and the information we need.”
As CrimeOnline previously reported, the slain mother was in the process of being deported to Guatemala but was working to gain asylum. The boy’s father reportedly lives in Guatemala.
Following Wednesday’s grisly discovery, Hidalgo-Calderon’s boyfriend, Alberto Reyes, 25, was arrested and charged with tampering with evidence. Reports indicated that cameras caught Reyes walking in the wooded area with a shovel.
Reyes, a Mexican citizen, had been deported from the U.S. in 2016 and had a 2017 conviction for illegal entry, records obtained by the Democrat & Chronicle revealed.
WHEC reported that Reyes had admitted to burying her body but has denied involvement in her murder. He remains jailed on $25,000 bail.
Authorities described Owen as being about two feet tall, weighing 30 pounds, and having brown hair and brown eyes. They also said the missing toddler requires asthma medication.
Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to call the Wayne County Sheriffs Department at 866-NYS-AMBER.
[Featured image: Owen Hidalgo-Calderon, Selena Hidalgo-Calderon/Police handout]