Joliet Elizabeth Cedano

Top Row and Bottom Left: Joliet, circa 2006; Bottom Center and Right: Age-progression to age 7 (circa 2013)

  • Missing Since 09/11/2006
  • Missing From Palmdale, California
  • Classification Family Abduction
  • Height and Weight 1'11, 10 pounds
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description Blue denim overalls and a red and white shirt.
  • Distinguishing Characteristics Biracial (Caucasian/Hispanic) female. Black hair, black eyes. Joliet may use the last name Serrano.

Details of Disappearance

Joliet disappeared from Palmdale, California on September 11, 2006. She was with her foster mother at William J. McAdam Park at at 30th Street East and Avenue R when she was abducted by a Hispanic male. The abductor fled with Joliet in a red or maroon 1989 Buick Regal with the license plate number 2MFC968.

Authorities arrested the male kidnapping suspect, Jose Martinez, at 6:00 p.m. that same day, and charged him with child stealing. He did not have Joliet with him when he was apprehended. He told police he gave the baby to her biological mother, Maria Ayala. Joliet had been taken from her mother at birth because she was born addicted to narcotics.

A photograph and vital statistics for Ayala are posted below this case summary. A felony warrant for kidnapping was issued for her on September 12, 2006. Joliet and Ayala may be traveling in a black 2000 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck with the California license plate number 7D92423, or a blue four-door 1995 Mercury Marquis with the license plate number 5RSK813. Photographs of both vehicles are posted below this case summary. Joliet and Ayala may be in Mexico. The child's whereabouts are unknown and her case remains unsolved.

Some agencies state Joliet was abducted from Lake Los Angeles, California.

Left: Mercury Marquis;

Right: Chevrolet Silverado

Maria Cedano Ayala

Above: Maria Cedano Ayala

Date of Birth: January 5, 1963

Age: 44 years old

Height and Weight: 5'5, 150 pounds

Distinguishing Characteristics: Hispanic female. Blonde/brown hair, brown eyes. Ayala may use the last names Cedano and/or Cruz-Cena. She has a tattoo on her left ankle.

Investigating Agency

  • Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office 661-272-2400

Updated 6 times since October 12, 2004. Last updated May 13, 2016; age-progression added.