What to Know
- An Amber Alert was issued Friday for Owen Hidalgo-Calderon, who was abducted from Sodus, New York, nine days ago
- He was taken "under circumstances that lead police to believe that he is in imminent danger of serious physical harm and or death"
- The boy's mother, who had been missing a week, was found dead on an NY farm Thursday where she is thought to have worked
Police in western New York are searching for a 14-month-old boy after his mother's body was found in a bag hidden in the woods a week after she had been reported missing.
An Amber Alert was issued Friday for Owen Hidalgo-Calderon, who was abducted from Sodus, New York, nine days ago "under circumstances that lead police to believe that he is in imminent danger of serious physical harm and or death," according to the New York State Police bulletin.
The Wayne County Sheriff's office said 18-year-old Selena Hidalgo-Calderon's body was found Thursday at a farm in Sodus where she and her boyfriend, 25-year-old Edward Reyes, worked. The body was between two logs and covered with soil and branches. She had been missing for a week.
Reyes, was arrested Wednesday night on charges of tampering with physical evidence.
State Police say the child may have been last seen with Reyes.
Reyes, caught on a hunter's trail camera going in and out of the woods with a shovel. He has admitted to burying the woman but not killing her, Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts said.
Reyes was being held on $25,000 bail in the Wayne County Jail pending a court appearance May 29. Virts said he is working with authorities in Mexico, where Reyes is from, to learn more about him and if he has a criminal record. He is not the missing child's father.
Attorney information for Reyes was not immediately available.
Rebecca Fuentes of the Workers' Center of Central New York told the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle that Hidalgo-Calderon was from Guatemala and was being deported. She says the mother was in the process of applying for asylum and had been in the U.S. since November 2016.
At one point while the mother and child were missing, relatives indicated that Hidalgo-Calderon and Reyes, who lived together, may have run off because of their immigration status, the sheriff's office said, but checks of surrounding train and bus stations had turned up nothing.
"My daughter and my grandson were my life," Hidalgo-Calderon's mother, Estela Calderon, said in a statement issued by the center. "She was my first born and I feel like a piece of my heart is gone."
Meanwhile, police are continuing to search the area east of Rochester for little Hidalgo-Calderon. He has short, brown hair and brown eyes. He is about 2 feet tall and weighs about 30 pounds; he also needs asthma medication.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Wayne County Sheriffs Department at 866-NYS-AMBER or 911.