Hope Running Out for Four Year Old Kidnap Victim

By Proof

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This last Wednesday, I wrote about some of the bizarre twists and turns in searching for a four year old boy, kidnapped ten days ago. There was a tragic/comedic sense to the story as deputies, on the tip of a migrant farmworker, searched the Delta Mendota canal for the kidnapper’s missing car. Day after day, vehicles were found, thirteen in all: cars, a pickup and a motorcycle, but no trace of the suspect’s vehicle.

Today, they located the right car. Now, six hours after divers located it and sent a robotic camera to verify the license plate, they are just now pulling the car along with two others from the water Because of the murky water, it is still not known if anyone is in the car. It was trapped in a “siphon”, dangerous for divers to approach. Add to that, water temperature is 42 degrees with zero visibility, and only a four hour window between necessary water releases. And it’s getting dark.

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(Jose) Rodriguez is accused of kidnapping 4-year-old Juliani Cardenas January 18th in Patterson. Cardenas was taken from his grandmother’s arms and hasn’t been seen since. There was an Amber Alert issued that night. There has been no cell phone or credit card activity on Rodriguez’s accounts since the kidnapping.

Authorities repeatedly told the media they do not know what is in the car, and will not know for sure until the car is brought to the surface Friday afternoon.

However, unfortunately, officials say they think the two are inside. “Everything that we know, with respect to witness statements and corroborating evidence, says that that car went into the canal, and that Jose and Juliani went with it,” said Sheriff Adam Christianson, with the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office.

As long as the car was not found in the canal, one could hold out hope that little Juliani would turn up at a Motel Six, or a border crossing or spotted speeding down the freeway. When I heard, at lunch today, that the car had been positively identified, I lost hope.

The car was empty, according to Stanislaus County Sheriffs. The windows of the car were open, and it is not known if they might have escaped or if their bodies may have been swept away.

Pray for the family. Juliani’s mother is eight months pregnant with Jose Rodriguez’s child.

Cross posted at Proof Positive


  1. Lets keep prayers going rebel. I hope he is found okay. Dave

  2. Oh, this is an awful story. That little boy looks a lot like one of my nephews did at that age.

    I cannot imagine being that poor mother. But you never know, Elizabeth Smart made it back to her family, maybe this little guy will as well.

  3. 10 days and with all the amber alerts, someone would had seen and report the car. I fear this will end in tragedy. What scares me is what they're finding in the revene, 13 vehicles and a couple of bodies including a 15 year old male. What the heck is going on with that thing and who own these vehicle, why are those vehicles there and why were there 2 bodies that nobody can indentified? Seems our law enforcement here in Sacramento are totally clueless of what is going on around here and we still have no clue about where this boy is. Hopefully he took him to Mexico where at least he would still be alive, but with a state wide Amber alert, which I can't go anywhere on the roads without seeing for nearly two weeks without one lead, I seriously doubt it.


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