Angie Crouch, Mike Tauber
Authorities in Orange County had been searching for the possible remains of Arlet Hernandez Contreras and her two young sons, after their apartment was discovered soaked in blood. Officials in LA County now say a body found by county workers in late April is that of Contreras. Angie Crouch reports from the City of Orange for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on May 5, 2012.
The body of a missing 31-year-old woman whose ex-boyfriend was arrested on suspicion of killing her and her two sons was located at the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office, police announced Saturday.
Arlet Hernandez Contreras, 31, 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.