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2nd body found in canal believed to be kidnapper

/ Source: NBC, and news services

A second body was found in a central California canal Saturday and police said it resembled Jose Rodriguez, the man suspected of kidnapping and killing a 4-year-old boy.

A water department employee found the body in the Delta-Mendota Canal about 11 miles south of the location where Rodriguez' car was discovered, the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department said.

The clothing on the body matched that of Rodriguez, investigators said.

The body of little Juliani Cardenas was discovered much farther downstream about a week ago.

Juliani was taken from his grandmother's arms on Jan. 18.

Positive identification of the adult body won't be possible for a few days, according to investigators.

When contacted by NBC Bay Area, Juliani's mother said declined to comment about Saturday's discovery.

Hundreds of people came to a public memorial for Juliani earlier this week. A private funeral will be held next week.

Rodriguez is suspected of kidnapping Juliana and then driving into the Delta-Mendota Canal.