VICTORVILLE, Calif. (VVNG.com) — The search efforts to recover the body of missing six-year-old Duke Flores at a landfill in Victorville have resumed for a second week.
Homicide Detectives, 20 sheriff’s department volunteers, 1 search dog, 11 additional sheriff’s department employees, and personnel from the landfill resumed the search at about 8:00 am Monday morning.
Sheriff’s investigators are continuing to focus on an area approximately 70 feet x 70 feet x 10 feet in depth, as they comb through about 1200 tons of material in hopes of finding Duke.
Twin sisters, Jackee Contreras, Duke’s mother, and Jennifer Contreras, Duke’s aunt, are accused of murdering Duke and dumping his body in a dumpster.
Officials have been at the Victorville landfill since Monday, April 29, 2019, where they tirelessly searched for five consecutive days before stopping for the weekend.
The twin sisters, who pleaded not guilty earlier in the week, appeared in a Victorville courtroom on Friday for the second time where they requested that their next appearance be postponed, according to public court records.
A preliminary hearing originally scheduled for May 13th was postponed until August 5, 2019. A “disposition and reset” hearing will be held on June 6th per request of Superior Court Judge Lisa Rogan, according to the records.
The search for Duke Flores will resume in the morning, Tuesday, May 7th.