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As search continues for dead woman's son, her boyfriend appears in court


The search continues for 14-month old Owen Hidalgo-Calderon in Sodus after his mother was found dead last week. His mother’s boyfriend appeared in court Tuesday.

Behind the neat rows of peach trees and some dense woods along Joy Road in Sodus, 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 state-wide 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. 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.

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.”

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Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts speaks to the media Tuesday

Sheriff Virts says he believes Donoteo-Reyes, who also goes by the name Alberto Ebavardo Gutierrez-Reyes, was involved in his girlfriend’s death.

Donoteo-Reyes is scheduled to reappear in court on July 2.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement is also involved, because Donoteo-Reyes is in the country illegally, and has been removed from the US 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.

Veronica Volk is a Reporter/Producer for WXXI News. She comes from WFUV Public Radio, where she began her broadcasting career as a reporter covering the Bronx, and the greater New York City area. She later became the Senior Producer of WFUV’s weekly public affairs show, Cityscape. Originally from Ocean County, New Jersey, Veronica got her B.A. in Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University, concentrating on Media, Culture, and Society.