UPDATE: Dive team resumes search for kidnapper suspect's vehicle
by PI Staff | Patterson Irrigator
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01-19-11--Friends, family, and neighbors held a candle vigil at the home of Amparo Cardenas where four year old Juliani Cardenas was abducted Tuesday afternoon, with well wishes for his safe return.--photo by Elias Funez/Patterson Irrigator
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9 a.m. The Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department dive team resumed their search at the Delta-Mendota Canal around daybreak for the suspect vehicle in Tuesday’s kidnapping. A witness reported Wednesday that they saw a similar vehicle drive into the water Tuesday night. At 9 a.m., Sheriff's spokesman Raj Singh said divers had snagged something else in the water, though they are unsure what it may be. Singh said it may be up to a half hour before divers enter the water.

7 p.m. Dozens of residents showed up to a candlelight vigil in front of the Cardenas home on Barros Street. The Rev. Bernie Quinn of Sacred Heart Catholic Church recited a rosary in both English and Spanish. Friends, family members and neighbors filled the street while holding candles as they prayed for Juliani's safe recovery.

Tabitha Vanderbilt, whose in-laws are next door neighbors to the Cardenas family, recounted from the Cardenas home how her 7-year-old son Jacob expressed confidence that Juliani will return.

"He says, 'He'll come home. I feel it here,'" she said, while tapping her heart.

Councilwoman Annette Smith mentioned after the the vigil that Gov. Jerry Brown, who attended the League of California Cities meeting in Sacramento on Wednesday, had told attendees that the Cardenas family is in his prayers. Both Mayor Luis Molina and Councilwoman Deborah Novelli are attending that conference.

Molina's wife, Graciela, as well as Novelli, Smith and former Mayor Becky Campo all have showed up at the Cardenas home during the past couple of days to support the family.

Family members said they are grateful for the support.

"People just came out of the woodwork," said Juliani's mother, Tabitha Cardenas.

5:20 p.m. A Honda sedan that was confirmed as stolen was pulled from the Delta-Mendota Canal where the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department dive team has been searching since this afternoon, said Sheriff's spokesman Raj Singh. Singh said the search for will continue for the silver Toyota Corolla driven by suspect Jose Esteban Rodriguez.

4 p.m. The first diver has entered the north basin of the Delta-Mendota Canal, reporting zero visibility at 5 feet and below. Water officials at the scene said with the current flow of canal waters, the suspect's vehicle could have traveled from the basin north of Zacharias Road to the south basin through a large pipe nearly 70 to 80 feet under nearby Del Puerto Creek which splits the canals, according to Sheriff's spokesman Raj Singh.

3 p.m. The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department dive team is dragging the Delta-Mendota Canal near Zacharias Road in Patterson, following a tip that a car matching the description of the suspect vehicle in Tuesday’s kidnapping rolled into the water, sheriff’s officials confirmed.

Sheriff Adam Christianson announced Wednesday that the dive team had been on scene for more than 90 minutes. As of that time, fresh tire tracks had been found near the scene, but officers still could not confirm whether a silver Toyota Corolla driven by suspect Jose Esteban Rodriguez was indeed in the canal, he said. The man who called in to report the tip could not confirm whether there were passengers in the car when it went into the water, Christianson said.

At this point, dive teams were not considering the search a rescue mission and would take their time in order to substantiate that there was indeed a vehicle in the canal before diving into the frigid, swift-moving waters, Christianson said.

The sheriff’s department has already received hundreds of reports from people statewide claiming to have seen the suspect’s vehicle, but none have been as credible so far, he said.

“If we had to go on one tip right now, this one would be it,” he said.

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pattersonirrigator
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January 22, 2011
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stealthcat
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January 20, 2011
Agreed. This terrible incident has nothing to do with politics, public safety, police presence, or local government.

Befuddled - you don't get that either apparently.

There is nothing really to prevent a crime like this. No one is to blame except the kidnapper. I do feel, however, that the family should have notified the authorities when the suspect started coming around the house and on the property the day before the kidnapping.

A happy ending is the primary goal for this situation. Political rhetoric is unacceptable and not applicable.
MomsCoffee
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January 20, 2011
According to this mornings news..we must all continue to PRAY!


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