The Sacramento Bee from Sacramento, California on June 2, 2000 · 21
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The Sacramento Bee from Sacramento, California · 21

Sacramento, California
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Friday, June 2, 2000
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The Sacramento Bee FROM PAGE ONE Friday June 2 2000 A21 Reunion: Mom faces attempted murder abduction charges Continued from page A1 of what 2-year-old Jonathan might look like today and warned guards to be on the lookout for visitors Police Correctional Officer Laura Boersig noticed a startling resemblance to the image when Fu-entes-Ortiz received three visitors at the jail Tuesday night Jona-'' than was laier taken into custody along with his grandmother and another relative i By Thursday the reunited father and son were spending time at the beach getting to know each other again “It’s really overwhelming We see him and we can’t believe it He’s getting along with his dad” said Brenda Ortiz Jonathan’s paternal aunt “It’s our turn to take care of him” She said Jonathan misses his mother and the family would allow him to visit her in jail if a child specialist determined it would be beneficial for him “We’re willing to do anything for him” Brenda Ortiz said Jonathan recognized his father immediately despite the lost years because of family photos he kept Police say the saga began March 11 1992 when Fuentes-Ortiz brought lunch - a McDonald’s hamburger and a milkshake - to her husband while he was working at a toy store in Redwood City She allegedly told him the shake was filled with amino (aasiQffiTifJE®' im TTap LL '&StfS6tt Oft 180 at Mace Bivd 10 mm from downtown Sacramento New Certified Farmer’s Market! 10 AM to 2 PM Every Friday Endo Park 4th street Between L&J streets For other locations: wwwcaIifornia-growncom rim i iTfln CouDon acids to help him build muscles and that it might taste funny In fact the shake was spiked with a common insecticide and Ortiz went into convulsions 10 seconds later in the store’s break room Redwood City Sgt Kathryn Anderson said His heart stopped and his liver failed and before he lapsed into a coma he was able to tell police only that a friend had provided the concoction When he emerged from the coma 11 days later he filled in the rest of the story and police went to his house to serve a search warrant and arrest Fuentes-Ortiz But she had left with Jonathan without a trace Police still do not have a clear motive in the alleged poisoning Anderson said and Fuentes-Ortiz has declined to give a statement Ortiz told detectives in 1992 that his marriage was a happy one Anderson said Ortiz had permanent nerve damage in his feet and toes and got muscle spasms in his calves that caused him to stumble He has little sensitivity in his fingertips and may have suffered permanent liver and kidney damage Police and the FBI tried to track down Jonathan and Fuentes-Ortiz in the years after the alleged abduction focusing on Mexico because of tips from informants and family members and chasing down dozens of leads that followed appearances on “Unsolved Mysteries” REPIACEMENT WINDOWS & DOORS 1 lLJ 01d Fashioned Service 91 A True Family Business with over 15 Years Experience aHsij WWWbrOthersholtieimpcom Bonded &inturd 'Not valid with other promotions Auto Care Centers Brakes Alr Conditioning hme-ups Fuel Injection Alternators Hoses & Belts ‘Timing Belt Starters Smog Checks Automatic transmissions Coupon honored only el th opt listed Mow Sacramento Locations 2545 Arden Way (at miii -487-6075 3846 Fruitndge (at mlk bm k 392-1917 ICtot SNOtayil 2221 Florin Rd(w24m si i- 424-1450 2501 Northgate Blvd iatw Bcammoi-929-71 72 ICUM SuxUrtl Rancho Cordova JSsHteOa L 635-0500 1 0801 FolSOm Blvd (between Zmtandel ( Cordova Ln ) Roseville 783-8862 1700 Douglas Blvd oamlle East of 1-80) WWWQUALITYTUNE-UPCOM Hours: Mon-Fri 8-6 Saturday 8-5 & Sunday 9-5 J Exoires 61500 RB9 Associated press photographs The case of Jonathan Ortiz and his mother Elizabeth Fuentes-Ortiz has been featured on TV’s “Unsolved Mysteries” more than 20 times Ortiz-Fuentes was finally arrested by Mexican immigration officers without incident in the town of La Barca in Jalisco The mother was returned to the Bay Area and Jonathan’s grandmother admitted his identity to authorities She told them he had stayed in her Alameda home for the past week Wednesday morning 31-year-old Ortiz greeted a son who has become a stranger - and who may have been told any number of stories about his father Anderson said Anderson declined to say where Ortiz lived “All I can tell you is that I talked to Gilbert’s sister and she said the meeting was very nice but that there were a lot of emotions involved” said Anderson who has investigated the case from the start “Pretty cool huh? 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