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Sheriff: Kidnapped boy, 4, found dead in Calif. canal

February 01, 2011

PATTERSON, Calif. — Authorities say the body of a child found in a Central California canal belongs to a 4-year-old boy who was kidnapped from his home earlier this month.

Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christensen said Tuesday that officials have confirmed the body is that of Juliani Cardenas.

Investigators believe Juliani was snatched from his home in Patterson on Jan. 18 by his mother's ex-boyfriend, Jose Rodriguez, who has not been found.

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