Crews continue to search for toddler’s body in Weld County landfill
November 4, 2016
Crews working to recover the body of a 13-month-old baby from a landfill west of Ault on Friday felt they were getting closer to the area where the boy's body might be. At the same time, Laramie County Sheriff's deputies are still attempting to interview the child's mother.
According to a news release from Capt. Linda Gesell of the Laramie County Sheriff's Department, by Thursday afternoon, crews found mail addressed to Cheyenne, Wyo., among the refuse they had searched. Gesell said the team also found some "odd items" which, when tested, proved not to be human tissue.
The search for Silas Ojeda is now three days old. According to Gesell, the child's body was left in a trash bin at the Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne. Trash from the campus is taken out of Wyoming and dumped in the Weld County landfill.
The search began Tuesday at dawn, and a collection of Wyoming law enforcement, as well as the Weld County Sheriff's office, has been sifting through trash ever since, looking for the baby's body, or the white blanket in which he was wrapped.
The investigation into Silas' death started Oct. 26, when his grandfather reported him missing. The child hadn't been seen since Oct. 23. As the Laramie County Sheriff's Department continued to investigate the child's disappearance, they arrested Logan Hunter Rogers, 23, the boyfriend of Silas' mother, on suspicion of manslaughter and reckless child endangering.
Rogers told Laramie County deputies multiple stories, which delayed the search at the landfill by a day. He appeared in court Monday in Wyoming, according to Gesell.
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Gesell said Tuesday Silas' mother is in the hospital. At that time she had not been interviewed by law enforcement, and the news release stated deputies are still attempting to talk to her.