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Police search Brea landfill but don't find bodies of mom, 2 kids

 

Police searched through the night in a landfill in Brea, hoping to find the bodies of a mother and two sons who are believed to have been killed by the mother’s boyfriend.

Police have arrested Shazer Limas, 31, of Orange on suspicion of killing Arlet Hernandez, 31, and her two sons, a 2-year-old and a 3-month-old.

Authorities became suspicious of Limas after managers from his former apartment reported found blood and other evidence in the unit he had just vacated. Limas lived in the unit with Hernandez.

Trash from the apartment building is dumped at this Brea landfill, said Sgt. Dan Adams of the Orange Police Department.

"We wanted to check it in the event he had discarded the bodies somewhere in the building," he said. "But we were not able to locate anything."

Adams said investigators stopped combing through the landfill at about 8 a.m. They do not have any other locations to search at this time, but they continue to press Limas for answers.

"We’re hoping he helps us so we can bring some closure the family," Adams said.

Limas was arrested after leading police on a freeway chase Thursday night. The pursuit down the  405 and 5 freeways ended in a standoff on the I-5 at Camp Pendleton, near the San Onofre nuclear power plant. The freeway was closed in both directions, backing up traffic for miles. After about an hour, Limas surrendered unarmed.

The motive for the killings is unclear. Police believe the three victims were killed inside of the apartment, possibly a week ago.

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