updated 4/25/2009 2:36:44 PM ET 2009-04-25T18:36:44

The body of a 3-year-old girl has been found in a northern New Jersey river, just hours after police say her uncle left with her and told family members "to watch the 6 o'clock news tonight".

Janiay Rievas was found around 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the Passaic River, police said.

Authorities searched for Juan Mendez, 21, whose abandoned car was found on a bridge over the river. Mendez had been living with family members in Passaic.

Police say he left with the girl at around 6 a.m. White said family members told police Mendez "left in a rage and said to watch the 6 o'clock news tonight."

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