On Dec. 14, a farm laborer from the West Side disappeared. His employer had given him his check and that was the last time anyone saw him, driving along one of the treacherous roads that both the California Aqueduct and Delta-Mendota Canal are known for. After repeatedly asking the sheriff's office and local authorities for help, the family finally gave up and the brother decided to go look. He found what any dedicated police officer, fire investigator or emergency medical technician should have noticed -- that some metal railing along one of the canals had been bent in a way that suggested a heavy object had hit it. Also, he noticed black paint sticking to the metal, the color of the vehicle his brother was driving. He had a gut feeling that this was the scene of an accident.
He called 911 and got local fire authorities from the West Stanislaus County Fire Protection District and sheriff's personnel to investigate. His brother was recovered from that exact area after 16 days.
It seems that where you live, how much money you have, and what your ethnicity is decides the value of your life and how much time authorities are willing to invest into your disappearance.