Search for baby’s body in Weld County landfill comes to a close; case remains open
November 15, 2016
Wyoming and Weld County law enforcement officials have ended the search for a 13-month old boy in a landfill west of Ault.
Police did not uncover the baby's body, but they did find several blankets with biological stains on them and pieces of car seats similar to the ones the child, Silas Ojeda, used. Wyoming law enforcement also has made another arrest in the case.
Officials halted their search Thursday but announced the end of the search in a news release late Monday.
According to the release from the Laramie County Sheriff's Department, teams searched the landfill for a total of 91 hours over the course of about two weeks, turning over 3.3 million pounds of trash.
"The search has been hard both physically and mentally," said Capt. Linda Gesell of the Laramie County Sheriff's Department. "We had to make some tough decisions."
Gesell said the child's body was left in a trash bin at Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne late last month. Trash from the campus is taken out of Wyoming and dumped in the Weld landfill.
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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 initially delayed the search at the landfill, authorities said.
Gesell said Silas' mother, Rhianna Ojeda, 26, was arrested late Thursday afternoon on suspicion of child neglect and child endangerment, in connection with the case. According to Gesell, the suspicion of child endangerment stems from the fact police believe Ojeda used methamphetamine.
The release stated the Laramie County District Attorney's Office released Ojeda over the weekend. However, it added the investigation remained open.