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Wayne County mom found dead, son still missing

May 25, 2018 06:15 AM

The body of an 18-year-old missing mother from Sodus in Wayne County has been found and positively identified by the Monroe County Medical Examiner's Office. 

Investigators said that Selena Hidalgo-Calderon was found in a bag buried in woods behind her address on Joy Road in Sodus. Her body was found between two logs Wednesday at 10:20 a.m. 

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As of now, there have been no signs of her 14-month-old son, Owen. He remains missing as of Thursday night.

Investigators believe that the body of Hidalgo-Calderon was moved from a home to the woods where she was later found. 

Hidalgo-Calderon's boyfriend has admitted to moving Selena's body, but has not admitted that he killed her. He has been charged with felony tampering with physical evidence.

Investigators are still questioning him as the active homicide investigation continues. 

The biological father of the child has been contacted. Family members told News10NBC that the father lives in Guatemala.

The family of Selena Hidalgo Calderon along with advocates of the Workers' Center of Central New York released the following statement regarding the death of Selena:

“My daughter and my grandson were my life, she was my first born and I feel like a piece of my heart is gone," stated Estela Calderon, mother of Selena Hidalgo Calderon 

When a mother loses a child, no matter what age, they grieve for their baby, for their toddler, for their teen, for the adult they would have become. The grief of losing a child to illness or an accident is immense but more so losing one’s child to an act of senseless violence. As members, friends, and staff of the Workers’ Center of Central NY, we grieve alongside Estela for the loss of her 18-year-old daughter, Selena Hidalgo Calderon. Estela describes Selena as a tender-hearted daughter and loving mother of her one-year-old son, Owen Hildalgo Calderon. 

A hard-working mother, Selena was one of the many thousands of upstate NY farm workers who have contributed to the state’s agricultural industry. 

The Workers’ Center of Central New York organizes with farm workers around the region for equal rights and access to basic protections at the workplace. It also builds community among farm workers who have lost their jobs or who experience the many hardships of being marginalized laborers. Selena’s death is an immeasurable loss, but it was also preventable. 

We see her death as linked to the precarious, isolated, and vulnerable living conditions of immigrant women working in rural areas. 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. As a workers’ center we stand up for the rights and dignity of low-wage workers and build community and organize precisely to end these cycles of isolation and violence. We will continue to fight for a world in which every person has equal access to basic services and protections. 

Upon learning that Selena and her one-year-old son were missing we organized a press conference in Sodus, NY to alert the broader community and have them join us in our search. We were able to activate a network of people who gave us information of when Selena was last seen. Shortly after, we learned of her death. Her one-year-old child is still missing. 

During the course of the investigation the farmworker provided many pieces of helpful information to the authorities. They, like most good people, do not support or protect criminals. Instead we heard from them during the manhunt that they were extremely concerned for the community's safety and took incredible risks to come forward and help the investigation. 

“What has happened to my family is unfair. I want the perpetrator to go to jail forever. I do not want another family to be hurt in this way.”

As Estela’s statement reminds us, we are guided by collective principles of family and community and we mourn and rally alongside Estela because she is part of our extended immigrant family. In these very difficult times we stand in solidarity, in accompaniment, and as witnesses. We denounce all forms of violence against women and children and call attention to the particular vulnerabilities faced by immigrant families. If anyone who reads this knows or suspects an immigrant woman is suffering assure them they are not alone and please contact us at 315-218-5708 or direct them to the following resources:

  • Worker Justice Center of NY Domestic & Sexual Violence Project for Farm Worker Women 24-hour Crisis Hotlines  - WNY (866)343-8808 & Hudson Valley Region (845)471-3033
  • Vera House, Inc. 24-hour Hotline (315)468-3260
  • The Victim Resource Center, Inc. 24-hour Hotline (866)343-8808

If anyone knows any information regarding the whereabouts of Owen they are being asked to call 911 immediately. 

Stay with News10NBC for any updates on this developing story.  

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