Search for 14-month-old toddler enters sixth day

2018-05-28 11:12
Police. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

Police. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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The western New York search for a 14-month-old boy whose mother's body was found in the woods enters its sixth day on Monday.

The search for Owen Hidalgo-Calderon has been a daily quest by authorities since the body of his 18-year-old mother, Selena Hidalgo-Calderon, was found on Wednesday.

An Amber Alert was issued on Friday for the boy, who's been missing since May 16. It said he was taken under circumstances that led police to believe he was in danger of serious harm or death.

The mother's body was found at a farm in the Wayne County town of Sodus where she and her boyfriend, 25-year-old Edward Reyes, worked. Reyes was arrested on Wednesday night on charges of tampering with evidence.

Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts said Reyes admitted burying the woman but not killing her. Authorities said Reyes was caught on a hunter's trail camera going in and out of the woods with a shovel.

Reyes, held on $25 000 bail, is scheduled to appear in court again on Tuesday. He is not the missing boy's father.

Virts has posted daily updates online on the search. He reported that 200 people searching on Sunday included representatives of the Wayne County fire departments, New York State Forest Rangers, state and local police departments, Federation of Search and Rescue, Missing & Exploited Children and ambulance and emergency management squads.

On Saturday, the search was joined by about 165 individuals, many of them from the same groups.

He urged anyone with information to call the Wayne County 911 Centre.

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