Sheriff: Remains likely to be missing toddler found in shallow grave in Sodus


    Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts said skeletal remains uncovered in an orchard in Sodus are consistent with the age of a toddler who has been missing since May. (WHAM photo)

    Sodus, N.Y. (WHAM) - Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts said skeletal remains uncovered in an orchard in Sodus are consistent with the age of a toddler who has been missing since May.

    One-year-old Owen Hidalgo-Calderon was reported missing, along with his mother, 18-year-old Selena Hidalgo-Calderon. She was found dead in a wooded area near her home on Joy Road in Sodus just a few days after being declared missing.

    According to our news partners at The Times of Wayne County, sources close to the investigation indicated bones believed to be those of Owen were found near the location where his mother’s body was buried.

    Police and volunteers searched that area for weeks, looking for the little boy.

    Owen-Hidalgo-Calderon (Provided photo)

    "We never stopped looking," Sheriff Virts said during a news conference Tuesday afternoon.

    The remains were found last week in a shallow, 12-inch deep grave on a farm on Joy Road. They appeared to be somewhat scattered due to animal disturbance, according to Virts.

    The boyfriend of Hidalgo-Calderon, Everardo Donoteo-Reyes, was charged with evidence tampering in connection to her case. However, he has not been charged in Selena or Owen's deaths. He is scheduled to return to Wayne County Court for a hearing on Thursday, October 18.

    In a statement released Tuesday by the Workers' Center of Central NY and Owen's grandmother, Estela Calderon, the family said they are "very saddened" by the news about the remains found on the farm.

    "Since little Owen's disappearance we have been holding hope that he would be found safe and return to his loving family.
    "Just yesterday, October 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 little Owen's grandmother, Estela Calderon wants to share the following statement:
    'Selena came to my life an October 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.'"
    We ask for privacy for the family as they continue to grieve their loss.

    13WHAM will provide updates as they become available.

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