Officials in New York have called off a search for 14-month-old Owen Hidalgo-Calderon, who feared that after the death of his mother’s body was found May 24. Everardo Donoteo-Reyes, left, is a suspect in her death.
The search for a 14-month-old baby in a rural New York town has been suspended by the police.
The child, Owen Hidalgo-Calderon, feared that after the death the body of his 18-year-old mother, Selena Hidalgo-Calderon, 24 May in the wooded area of a farm in Sodus, where the two lived and worked.
The friend of the woman, Everardo Donoteo-Reyes, a 25-year-old Mexican immigration officials have said is in the country illegally and has been deported twice, is a suspect in her death, but has not been charged.
Owen Hidalgo-Calderon has been missing since 16 May.
(National Center for Missing & Exploited Children)
“At this time, we have expanded the current information and clues that we have, so we’re going to shut down the search,” Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts said, according to the Democrat and Chronicle, after a 12-day search for the child.
A state forest ranger in the area told the news outlet that, on the basis of the researchers’ search tactics, Owen’s body is most likely not on the property.
“It does not mean that he is not … but we are at over 90 per cent chance of discovery,” the Lt. Charles Richardson said. “Now, there is really no need to look further here, until we get other information.”
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He said that during the search for Owen — who was last seen May 16 has stopped, the investigation will be continued.
Donoteo-Reyes, who is admitted to the burial of the woman, but not killing her, is a suspect in the murder investigation, Virts said last week.
He was not charged in that investigation, but is charged with tampering with evidence after allegedly re-entering the U.S., and the possession of false documents, according to the newspaper.
Donoteo-Reyes is scheduled to appear in court Monday afternoon.
Fox News’ Greg Norman contributed to this report.
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