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Sheriff: Remains found at Sodus farm likely that of missing toddler

The remains located at a farm in Sodus are ‘consistent’ with that of the missing toddler, who was last seen in May.

Deputies had been searching for days in May to locate the missing child, whom first responders feared was dead.

Now, Sheriff Barry Virts says that is likely the case.

The skeletal remains were located at the Joy Road farm, which was the site of the disappearance. Owen’s mother was employed at the farm.

The boyfriend of Selena Hidalgo-Calderon, Everardo Donoteo-Reyes, was charged with evidence tampering in connection to her case. He is scheduled to return to Wayne County Court for a hearing on Thursday, October 18.

In a statement released Tuesday by the Workers’ Center of Central NY and Owen’s grandmother, Estela Calderon, the family said they are “very saddened” by the news about the remains found on the farm.

“Since little Owen’s disappearance we have been holding hope that he would be found safe and return to his loving family.

“Just yesterday, October 15, family and friends gathered to celebrate the life of Selena, on what would have been her 19th birthday. It is heartbreaking to realize that her little one is also gone.

“Selena’s mother and little Owen’s grandmother, Estela Calderon wants to share the following statement:

‘Selena came to my life an October 15, 1999 to bring happiness to my life and she was taken from us leaving a whole in my heart. My heart is broken because I know my little Owen is also gone but I know they are together. Both of them are my guardian angels to give me hope and healing so I keep going for my children. I know Selena is in God’s glory because she was a great daughter, sister and friend and Owen is an innocent soul.

‘I ask for justice for my daughter and grandson. I don’t ever want anyone to experience this immeasurable pain.'”

We ask for privacy for the family as they continue to grieve their loss.”

Watch the press conference below: