PATTERSON (CBS/AP) – A body matching the description of the suspect in the kidnapping of a 4-year-old boy has been found in a Central California canal.

Stanislaus County authorities say the body was discovered around 8:30 a.m. Saturday in the Delta-Mendota Canal, near Patterson, by a water authority employee.

KCBS’ Mark Seelig Reports

Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson says based on the physical description and clothing found on the body, he believes it is that of 27-year-old Jose Rodriguez.

But a positive identification is pending.

Rodriguez is suspected of kidnapping 4-year-old Juliani Cardenas from the boy’s Patterson home on Jan 18. He is Juliani’s mother’s ex-boyfriend.

Juliani’s body was found in the same canal on Feb. 1 further downstream.

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Comments (27)
  1. JoMama says:

    Glad the a-hole is dead, it’s just too bad he had to take the little boy with him.

    1. BrekeleyGrandpa says:

      Too late for justice — too soon for healing.

  2. Victor says:

    I was right. Murder-suicide…

    1. birdman says:

      Gee inspector, you’re a real detective…No one else thought of that..DUH

  3. RealityCheck says:

    With the cold water temperature it took quite a bit longer to float him than it did his 4 year old victim. Hopefully he is in hell.

  4. Rodriguez sucks says:

    Let him rot. Drag him through the streets with chains tied to his ankles and spit on his corpse.

      1. Janelle says:

        zvlpmp Walking in the presence of giants here. Cool thinking all around!

  5. tb gilmore says:

    identify him and throw him back in the canal

    1. jon says:

      Cmon, let’s not degrade the water in the canal like that, what did it ever do wrong??

      1. birdman says:

        Throw him in a cess pool where he belongs

  6. JaneQPublic says:

    It will be interesting to see who claims his miserable rotten carcass…..

    1. birdman says:

      Hopefully a necropheliac

  7. McD says:


  8. zinn21 says:

    >>It will be interesting to see who claims his miserable rotten carcass…..<<

    How about the garbageman?

  9. birdman says:

    Drag his bloated carcaa to the high schools, show the teen girls who want to be the babies Mama of a thug, how it ends up

    1. birdman says:

      Sorry, tyoing too fast…carcass

      1. Mike Hill says:

        You can’t blame your typing (spelled with the letter p). Instead, blame your inability to spell or your inability to proof read before you press the publish button.

      2. birdman says:

        Mike Hill, the lonely friendless TROLL, wants to have sex with the bloated thug body.

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