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AMBER Alert for missing Sodus boy lifted as days-long search continues

The search for 14-month-old Owen will continue Monday (Provided photo)

The AMBER Alert for a missing Sodus boy has been lifted as the days-long search for the 14-month-old continues.

According to New York State Police, the AMBER Alert for Owen Hidalgo-Calderon issued Friday was lifted Tuesday morning, however young Owen still has not been found.

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday in a release, "The Amber Alert was cancelled administratively by the New York State Police Communications Section (COMSEC) in Albany after a review of the criteria."

Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts told reporters on Monday afternoon that 173 people were involved in searching for 14-month-old Owen throughout the day and 22 search blocks of the area in question were completed.

"It is my hope that Owen is alive," said Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts. "But we're also searching into the possibility that that might not be true."

Virts said the search has included area water, ponds, ditches, swamps and culverts. He also said the investigation, which is in its 12th day, has covered the larger central New York region, including interviews with individuals in Onondaga, Cayuga and Lewis counties, among other places.

"I don't know where he's at," Virts said.

The AMBER ALERT was issued for Owen Friday after he and his mother were reported missing on May 16. Owen's mother, Selena Hidalgo-Calderon, was found buried in the woods near her Joy Road home earlier in the week.

Sheriff Virts said authorities were able to bring in some clues from the search area on Monday, but did not specify. He added that two cell phones that were found last week do not belong to either the mother or the suspect, Alberto Ebavardo Gutierrez-Reyes.

Virts said Gutierrez-Reyes told deputies he removed the mother's body from their home and buried her in the woods, but did not admit to killing her. Virts said he has not heard anything from the medical examiner's office over the weekend about her cause of death.

Gutierrez-Reyes has been charged with tampering of evidence. He was silent as he entered the Town of Sodus Court for an appearance Tuesday.

Officials said Owen was possibly last seen with Gutierrez-Reyes on or around May 16. According to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Gutierrez-Reyes was removed from the United States on two previous occasions in 2016 and 2017. ICE said Monday that it has filed to have Gutierrez-Reyes turned over to the federal agency.

Virts said he has not been in contact with ICE at all on this situation, but has talked with the Mexican consulate.

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Virts said the search Monday had concluded and would pick up again on Tuesday.

“We need to let the facts and the evidence drive the case." Virts said.

“My daughter and my grandson were my life, she was my firstborn, and I feel like a piece of my heart is gone., Estela Calderon, Selena Hidalgo-Calderon's mother, said in a statement. “What has happened to my family is unfair. I want the perpetrator to go to jail forever. I do not want another family to be hurt in this way.”

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office is asking anyone with information to contact their office at 315-946-9711.

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