Friday, January 28, 2011

Stanislaus County: #AmberAlert - Car Found In Delta-Mendota Canal

AMBER ALERT UPDATE: Child's Body Has Been Found, story at:

Authorities pulled a kidnapping suspect's car from the bottom of a frigid Central California canal Friday, but the bodies of the suspect and the missing 4-year-old boy were not inside. 

The badly damaged Toyota Corolla recovered from the Delta-Mendota canal along with two other vehicles just before 6 p.m. was empty, Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson said.

The car belongs to 27-year-old Jose Rodriguez, who is suspected of kidnapping Juliani Cardenas, his ex-girlfriend's son, from the arms of the boy's grandmother in Patterson on Jan. 18. Juliani's mother, Tabitha Cardenas, reportedly ended her relationship with Rodriguez several months ago, and he is the father of her unborn child.

Update: Vehicle sought in child abduction has been located at bottom of a canal in Patterson. Whereabouts of Suspect and victim Juliani unknown at this time.

Patterson, Ca 1130hrs - Underwater Cameras confirmed this morning the Toyota Corolla that a man used to carry away a 4-year-old boy he kidnapped from Patterson last week is underwater. It was not immediately known if any bodies were in the vehicle. Car will be recovered in next dive cycle, in about 4 hours (3:15 PST) when water level and currents will be reduced.

Stanislaus County Sheriff offered his condolences, does not expect any good outcome other than closure. 

Stanislaus County Sheriff Press Conference @1140: NO bodies have been located, License Plate is confirmed, Car is located south of siphon
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