Remains found at Sodus farm believed to be missing toddler

October 17, 2018 07:24 AM

Human remains believed to be missing 14-month-old Owen Hidalgo-Calderon have been found on a farm in Sodus.

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office held a press briefing Tuesday to announce that the remains were found on Oct. 10 and 11. They have since been turned over to the Monroe County Medical Examiner for positive identification. 


Owen Hidalgo-Calderon and his 18-year-old mother Selena Hidalgo-Calderon went missing back in May. The two were last seen on a Sodus farm off of Joy Road where Selena worked. 

Owen was only 14 months old at the time. 

A week after the two vanished, deputies found Selena's body buried on the farm.

At that point, hundreds of officials searched the farm and surrounding areas for 12 consecutive days for young Owen before suspending the search in that area. However, the Wayne County Sheriff's Office wanted to make it clear that, though they suspended the search for that particular area, they did not in any capacity stop looking for the child. 

On May 24, the boyfriend of Selena, Alberto Ebarado Gutierrez-Reyes, was arrested by the Wayne County Sheriff's Office on tampering charges related to the missing person case of Selena Hidalgo-Calderon and her son, Owen.

Reyes admitted to having buried Selena, but did not admit to killing her. He is scheduled to appear in Wayne County Court Thursday at 9:30 a.m. He is being held in the Wayne County Jail on $25,000 bail but there is a hold on him. 

As of right now, the only charge he's facing in Wayne County is tampering with evidence. 

However, Reyes is also being federally charged for illegally re-entering the country using counterfeit documents.

According to a release from the United States Department of Justice, Reyes has been charged with "possession of a counterfeit social security card and alien registration card, and illegal re-entry after deportation." 

Those charges each carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The Workers' Center of Central NY issued the following statement:

"We are very saddened by the Wayne County sheriff's news about remains found at the Joy Road Farm in Marion, NY consistent with a baby the age of little Owen Hidalgo. 

Since little Owen's disappearance, we have been holding hope that he would be found safe and return to his loving family. Just yesterday, Oct. 15, family and friends gathered to celebrate the life of Selena, on what would have been her 19th birthday. It is heartbreaking to realize that her little one is also gone." 

Selena's mother and Owen's grandmother, Estela Calderon, issued the following statement:

"Selena came to my life on Oct. 15, 1999 to bring happiness to my life and she was taken from us leaving a whole in my heart. My heart is broken because I know my little Owen is also gone but I know they are together. Both of them are my guardian angels to give me hope and healing so I keep going for my children. I know Selena is in God's glory because she was a great daughter, sister, and friend and Owen is an innocent soul. I ask for justice for my daughter and grandson. I don't ever want anyone to experience this immeasurable pain."


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