From the Modesto Bee:

Divers pulled the second car of the day from the Delta-Mendota Canal this evening but sheriff’s officials said it was not the Toyota Corolla being sought in the kidnapping of 4-year-old Juliani Cardenas of Patterson…Jiuliani Cardenas was snatched Tuesday, and a statewide Amber Alert remains in effect for him and Jose Esteban Rodriguez, 27. Full story and video

From the San Jose Mercury News Friday morning:

In a tearful television interview Thursday, the San Jose mother of a man sought in a kidnapping of a 4-year-old Patterson boy pleaded for her son to do the right thing. A statewide Amber Alert was issued Tuesday night for Jose Esteban Rodriguez, 27 after he abducted Juliani Cardenas in Patterson, according to the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department. Authorities initially thought he was headed to San Jose because his mother lives here, but so far a search for Rodriguez has turned up empty and the search has widened to the rest of the state. Full article

These media outlets have been following the story closely:


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Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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