APPLE VALLEY, Calif. (VVNG.com) Public court records revealed that the mother of Duke Flores, Jakee Raquel Contreras (AKA Jackee Flores), was arrested on charges of Murder.
The Apple Valley Police Department remained tight-lipped regarding the investigation, not even revealing that Duke’s mother, 29-year-old Jakee Flores, was arrested the same night she filed the missing persons report.
It wasn’t until Friday night that detectives revealed that Jakee was arrested for Willful Cruelty to a Child.
And Saturday is when the murder charges were reflected on public records.
The boy’s grandmother, Lydia Gutierrez, said she feared someone may have gone too far, according to aprevious Victor Valley News article.
A family who is hurting for answers and trying to remain optimistic during a time overshadowed by growing fear, was asking for the public’s to help to search and pray Saturday.
“Please come out, any help is appreciated and wanted,” stated flyer the family circulated online Friday night. “We’re going to have a search party for Duke in Apple Valley, keep Duke in your prayers.”
The family was planning a meeting on Saturday, April 27th, at the house where little Duke lived and was last seen, at 22000 Cherokee Avenue in Apple Valley, California. It’s unknown if the newly released charges will cancel any search efforts.
This search was being put together by the extended family of Duke Flores, the 6-year-old boy with autism who was reported missing April 25th but may have actually been missing much longer, according to the boy’s grandmother.
The extended family went to Duke’s house where he lived with his mother, and his aunt Jennifer Gutierrez and her two kids. Jennifer is Jakee’s twin sister.
In broadcasted interviews, the family said they received different stories about the whereabouts of missing Duke, and none of the stories were adding up.
Detectives spent a day at the home on Cherokee Avenue on Friday, gathering evidence, towing away cars, bringing in dogs to assist, and dug through trash cans searching for any clues.
Police have not released any further details.