Crews searching landfill for body of 13-month-old boy feel they are ‘definitely in the area’
WELD COUNTY, Colo. — Investigators say crews searching a northern Colorado landfill for the body of a 13-month-old boy might be getting closer to finding him.
Authorities believe Silas Ojeda’s body was dumped in a trash bin at Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne, Wyo., and the contents of that trash bin were taken to the landfill near Ault.
Thursday was day three of the search for Ojeda at the landfill.
The Laramie County Sheriff’s Department in Wyoming said the recovery workers felt “they were definitely in the area” where trash from Cheyenne was dumped, based on addresses on pieces of mail they found.
Ojeda was reported missing after his grandfather learned from the mother, Rhiannon Ojeda, 26, that she had not seen the boy since Oct. 22.
The mother’s boyfriend, Logan Rogers, 23, was arrested Oct. 28 in connection with the death of the boy.
Rogers has been charged with involuntary manslaughter. He’s also facing one count of reckless child endangering for allegedly knowingly and willfully causing or allowing the boy or absorb, inhale or ingest methamphetamine, according to charging documents.
Court documents said Rogers told investigators that the boy died, and he wrapped his body in a white comforter and put him in a trash bin on the Laramie County Community College campus, the Wyoming Tribune Eagle reported.
The documents said investigators believe the boy “suffered child abuse and died … and afterward was transported in Rhiannon Ojeda’s vehicle by Logan Rogers to the LCCC campus, where he disposed of the child’s body in a Dumpster.”
Rogers’ bond was set at $500,000 cash. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for Nov. 9.
Detectives with the Laramie County Sheriff’s Department are still attempting to interview Silas Ojeda’s mother, Capt. Linda Gesell said.