Joliet Elizabeth Cedano

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


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: September 11, 2006 from Palmdale, California
  • Classification: Family Abduction
  • Date of Birth: April 17, 2006
  • Age: 4 months old
  • Height and Weight: 1'11, 10 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Biracial (Caucasian/Hispanic) female. Black hair, black eyes. Joliet may use the last name Serrano.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: Blue denim overalls and a red and white shirt.
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    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.

    Marquis Silverado
    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
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office


    Source Information
    The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
    California Attorney General's Office
    America's Most Wanted
    Someone is Missing
    CBS 13


    Updated 6 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated May 13, 2016; age-progression added.

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