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Search for children believed buried in landfill will continue

June 3, 2012 |  8:05 am

Shazer Fernando LimasPolice said they will continue to search an Irvine landfill for the bodies of two children prosecutors believe were killed by their father more than a month and a half ago.

“We will continue searching until we feel that the area of concentration at the landfill has been completed,” said Sgt. Dan Adams of the Orange Police Department. “At this point, I don’t know how many more days or hours that will take."

Shazer Fernando Limas, 31, was charged with three counts of special-circumstances murder in early May, which makes him eligible for the death penalty.

Investigators believe he stabbed and killed his girlfriend, Arlet Hernandez Contreras, and their two sons, ages 1 year and 3 months, in their apartment in Orange on April 15. 

Contreras’ body was found in a gutter in La Puente 10 days after she disappeared. The boys' bodies have not been recovered.

Adams said Limas has been cooperative with investigators.

“He just hasn’t told us where the bodies of the two boys are,” he said.

Arlet Hernandez ContrerasIn early May, investigators focused on a Brea landfill before turning their attention to Irvine.

Refuse from the apartment were Limas lived are taken to both landfills.

Adams added that police do not have any other leads in the case.

“There are no immediate plans to search anywhere else at this point,” he said.

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Photos: Shazer Fernando Limas, top, has been charged with murder in the slayings of his girlfriend, Arlet Hernandez Contreras, and their two young children. Credit: Orange Police Department

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