ORANGE (CBS) — The body of Arlet Hernandez Contreras, a missing 31-year-old mother of two who officials feared was murdered by her boyfriend, has been found.
Contreras was the subject of a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department homicide investigation, Sgt. Dan Adams of the Orange Police Department said.
“During our investigation, detectives contacted the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Department to find out if they had any unidentified bodies,” Adams said. “Coroner’s office staff confirmed they had an adult female body that had been found by county workers on April 25 in the city of La Puente.”
Adams said sheriff’s homicide detectives had been investigating the death because the cause of death appeared to be from stab wounds.
“Late last night it was confirmed that the female body is that of our adult victim,” Adams said. “The two boys have not yet been located.”
Police had no new clues to the whereabouts of Contreras’ two sons, a 4-month-old baby and a 2-year-old child. Their blood-soaked apartment was discovered last week.
Shazer Fernando Limas, 31, father of the missing children, was arrested by California Highway Patrol officers on Interstate 5 south of the San Onofre weigh station in San Diego County about 7:45 p.m. Thursday, Adams said.
Officers used a spike strip to flatten the tires on his Nissan 350Z during a pursuit south out of Orange County.
Limas is suspected of killing Contreras and the children in the apartment they shared at 3063 W. Chapman Ave.
After hours of questioning, Limas was booked Friday for suspicion of murder, Adams said.
Detectives used cadaver dogs to search a landfill in Brea for the bodies but apparently no sign of the trio was detected.
Richard Lee, who was sent to clean the apartment’s carpets, found them covered in blood.
“There was a lot of blood,” he said. “There was blood everywhere.”
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