PATTERSON (AP) — An autopsy shows a boy whose body was pulled from a Central California canal had drowned.

The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department revealed the cause of death on Wednesday. The body was found Tuesday in the Delta-Mendota Canal.

The coroner has not officially identified the body, but authorities believe it is that of 4-year-old Juliani Cardenas, who was kidnapped from his home two weeks ago.

The Cardenas family is planning his funeral, although the coroner is still working to confirm the identification through DNA tests. Results are expected in several weeks.

Meanwhile, authorities kept searching for 27-year-old Jose Rodriguez, who is suspected of the kidnapping. He is the ex-boyfriend of Juliani’s mother. Officials suspect the body of Rodriguez might also be in the canal.

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Comments (3)
  1. DaPoPoMan says:

    Is this news that really needs to be published? Honestly the general public does not need to know this. That we have people in this world willing to harm innocent children is bad enough. We do not need all the gory details. But then the media has no decency any more. What is the saying, “If it bleeds, it leads.”

  2. johnny cash says:

    i hope that peice of sh!t dies he is not even worth the 49 cents that it would cost for the bullet

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