VICTORVILLE, Calif. (VVNG.com) — The search to recover the body of 6-year-old Duke Flores at a landfill has entered the fourth week.
On Monday, May 20th at 8:30 am, Homicide detectives, 5 Sheriff’s Department volunteers, 2 search dogs, 6 additional Sheriff’s Department employees, and personnel from the landfill will continue to sift through 1200 tons of material in hopes of finding Duke.
Following investigative leads, detectives believe that Duke was placed in a dumpster that was unloaded at Victorville landfill located at 18600 Stoddard Wells Road.
Duke Flores was first reported missing to authorities by his mom 29-year-old Jackee Contreras, on April 25, 2019.
Police responded to his family residence in the 22000 block of Cherokee Avenue and were told by Jackee Contreras that Duke had not been seen for approximately two weeks.
Authorities initially arrested his mom on child neglect charges for her delay in reporting Duke missing. However, her charges were later changed to include murder after investigators determined she was one of two people responsible for the death of her son.
Two days later on April 27th Duke’s aunt, Jennifer Contreras, was interviewed by investigators and also arrested for murder.
The twin sisters appeared in court on April 30th where they both pleaded not guilty. The women are scheduled to appear in court on July 6, 2019.
Sheriffs officials have not released any new details into the ongoing murder investigation.
Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.