Suspect appears in court, as search for toddler continues
As the search continues for 14-month old Owen Hidalgo-Calderon, his mother’s boyfriend appeared in court Tuesday.
Joy Road is quiet, nothing but the wind rolling through orchards and the occasional roar of a distant car on a country road. You wouldn’t know it, but behind the neat rows of peach trees and some dense woods, dozens of police officers are fanned out across acres and acres of farm land, looking for Owen.
The toddler has been missing since May 16. Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts says even though a statewide AMBER alert about his disappearance has been cancelled, they are still looking for the child.
“We’re going to continue the search on Joy Road," Viurts said. "All of our intelligence and information and interviews tell us that that’s where we need to key in on for evidence, so we’re going to continue our efforts there on the farm.”
Last week, the boy’s mother Selena Hidalgo-Calderon, was found killed near the home she shared with her boyfriend. Authorities say Everardo Donoteo-Reyes admitted to moving the woman’s body from their home to the yard after she was already dead. He’s been charged with evidence tampering.
Sheriff Barry Virts said even though the AMBER alert has been canceled, the search for the child is continuing.
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At a hearing at Sodus Town Court, his lawyer asked for the presumption of innocence for his client.
“We intend from this day forward to try this case in court and not in the media.”
Sheriff Virts says he believes Donoteo-Reyes, who also goes by the name Alberto Ebavardo Gutierrez-Reyes, was involved in his girlfriends death. Donoteo-Reyes is scheduled to reappear in court on July 2.
ICE is also involved, because Donoteo-Reyes is in the country illegally and has been removed from the United States twice before. His girlfriend, Selena Hidalgo-Calderon, was also an undocumented immigrant from Guatemala facing potential deportation. She and Donoteo-Reyes met working on an Owasco farm together.