From the Patterson Irrigator:

Stanislaus County Sheriff’s investigators plan to resume their sonar search at the Delta-Mendota Canal Tuesday morning, scouring the water’s depths for a car belonging to the suspect in last week’s abduction of 4-year-old Juliani Cardenas.

A week after the Patterson boy was snatched from his grandmother’s arms in her garage, authorities’ focus remains at the canal, where a farm worker claimed he saw a man and a child in a silver car drive into the canal the night of the kidnapping. The vehicle matches the description of the silver 2003 Toyota Corolla driven by alleged kidnapper, Jose Esteban Rodriguez, 27, sheriff’s officials say.

Following a 48-hour break, crews will continue using sonar equipment about two miles downstream from where they spent much of Saturday near the area where investigators found tread marks into the canal. Five vehicles have been retrieved from the Delta Mendota so far, but none match the kidnapper’s car. Full story

Canal Search for Abductor’s Car to Resume Tuesday 24 January,2011Jon Brooks


Jon Brooks

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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