Twice-Deported Man Held in Custody after Woman Found Dead, Child Still Missing

A woman has been found dead on a farm in Upstate New York and a days-old AMBER Alert for her 14-month-old child has suddenly been cancelled by local authorities without further explanation. This comes as authorities are holding the woman’s boyfriend, a twice-deported Mexican citizen who is back in the United States without proper documentation, on a charge of evidence tampering in relation to the discovery of the body. Authorities are calling him a suspect in the homicide of the girlfriend. That’s according to FOX News and the Rochester, N.Y. Democrat and Chronicle.

Meanwhile, authorities in and around Sodus, N.Y. are expressing doubt that the child will be found unharmed, though they are holding out hope that he is being held somewhere alive.

The body of Selena Hidago-Calderon, 18, was located in a wooded area on a farm where she and Evarardo Donoteo-Reyes, 25, both lived and worked. Donoteo-Reyes sometimes went by the alias Alberto Ebavardo Gutierrez-Reyes, authorities say. Her child Owen has not been seen since May 16. A ground search for him has covered about 600 acres, but has turned up nothing. Investigators are checking leads in seven neighboring counties.

The mother was from Guatemala and was in the United States seeking asylum from from there, a local worker’s center said. The boyfriend was deported in 2016 and 2017, and was later convicted in 2017 for trying to enter the United States again illegally.

The Sherriff of Wayne County, N.Y., where the search is ongoing, is attempting to work with authorities in Mexico to determine whether Evarardo Donoteo-Reyes has a criminal record there.

[Image via Democrat and Chronicle screengrab]

Aaron Keller is an attorney licensed in two states. He holds a juris doctor degree from the University of New Hampshire School of Law and a broadcast journalism degree from Syracuse University. During law school, he completed legal residencies in the Office of the New Hampshire Attorney General and in a local prosecutor’s office. He was employed as a summer associate in the New Hampshire Department of Safety, which manages the state police, and further served as a summer law clerk for a New York trial judge. Before law school, Keller worked for television stations in New York and in the Midwest, mostly as an evening news anchor and investigative reporter. His original reporting on the Wisconsin murder of Teresa Halbach was years later featured in the Netflix film "Making A Murderer."

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