ICE says Everardo Donoteo-Reyes went by the alias Alberto Ebavardo Gutierrez-Reyes.
Twice-deported Mexican citizen was held by the immigration authorities Tuesday as the police continue to search a rural New York city for a 14 months old child is feared dead after his mother’s body was found in the last week.
Evarardo Donoteo-Reyes, a 25-year-old in the country illegally, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, is facing evidence tampering charges after the body of his girlfriend, Selena Hidago-Calderon, was found Wednesday in a wooded area of a farm in Sodus, where the two lived and worked.
Hidago-Calderon ‘ s child, Owen, was last seen on May 16, and an Amber Alert was issued around his disappearance. The Amber Alert was abruptly canceled Tuesday morning, although authorities did not explain why. Reyes is not the father of the child and the Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts doubts Monday afternoon that Owen was safe.
“My hope is that he is still alive,” Virts said, according to the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle. “But we have to look at the reality here, that he’s hidden somewhere here on the farm.”
For the search of a-year-old Owen Hidalgo-Calderon is underway. This is the scene on the Joy Road in Sodus this morning as law enforcement officials comb the area @13WHAM @FoxRochester pic.twitter.com/rhepA83RD0
— Alexis Arnold (@1AlexisArnold) 29 May 2018
A continuous search for the toddler, who has covered at least 600 acres so far become nothing.
On Wednesday, the body of his mother, the 18-year-old Hidalgo-Calderon, was between two logs and covered with earth and branches.
Donoteo-Reyes, caught on a hunter’s trail camera in and out of the woods with a shovel, was arrested Wednesday evening on charges of tampering with physical evidence. He has admitted to burying the woman, but not killing her, and is a suspect in the murder investigation, Virts said.
He was being held on $25,000 bail in the Wayne County Jail pending a court appearance on Tuesday. Virts said he is working with the authorities in Mexico, where Donoteo-Reyes, to find out more about him and if he has a criminal record.
An ICE statement said Donoteo-Reyes was deported from the U.S. in 2016 and 2017, and was also convicted for the last year to re-enter the province illegally.
Owen Hidalgo-Calderon was last seen on May 16.
(National Center for Missing & Exploited Children)
“We will bring justice,” Virts said Monday, according to the Democrat & Chronicle. “We’re going to keep after this until we get the evidence and the information that we need.”
The police suspect that Hidago-Calderon was killed in the house that she shared at the farm with Donoteo-Reyes. Virts said Donoteo-Reyes admitted to investigators that he moved her body from the house to the wooded area, but did not answer questions about Owen’s whereabouts or condition.
Donoteo-Reyes has since stopped talking to the police after asking for a lawyer, Virts said in a Monday press conference.
An Amber Alert issued on Friday, said the child “was held under circumstances that lead the police to believe that he is in imminent danger of serious harm and/or death.”
Rebecca Fuentes of the Workers Center of Central New York, said the Democrat & Chronicle that Hidalgo-Calderon was from Guatemala and was seeking asylum.
“I don’t care about your race, creed, color, nationality or religion,” Virts said at a past press conference. “If you are a victim, we will fight for you, we will triumph for you. If you are a perpetrator and you have someone being abused, we go hunting.”
Hidalgo-Calderon had been in the US. since November 2016, according to the Workers Center.
“My daughter and my grandson were my life,” her mother, Estela Calderon, said in a statement issued by the centre. “She was my first born and I feel like a piece of my heart is gone.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.