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On Thursday, April 25th, at approximately 10:06 pm, deputies from the Apple Valley Police Department responded to a residence in the 22000 block of Cherokee Avenue following the request for a welfare check from a family member on the victim, Duke Flores.  Upon arrival, deputies were told by the suspect, Jackee Contreras that Duke had not been seen for approximately two weeks.  Deputies immediately began a search of the area.  Jackee Contreras was arrested, transported and booked into the High Desert Detention Center for Child Neglect for her delay in reporting him missing.  Jackee Contreras was later transferred to the West Valley Detention Center.

On Friday, April 26th, detectives from the Specialized Investigations Division, Homicide Detail responded to the scene to conduct the investigation.  The search continued for Duke and K9 units were requested and responded to the location.  Detectives gathered evidence and conducted multiple interviews throughout the day with family members.  On Saturday, April 27th, Homicide Detectives interviewed Jackee Contreras and at the conclusion of her interview she was booked for PC 187 Murder and is being held without bail.

On Saturday, April 27th, detectives arrested Jennifer Contreras (Duke’s aunt), transported and booked her into the High Desert Detention Center for PC 187 Murder and is being held without bail.

The investigation is ongoing, and detectives are continuing the search for Duke Flores.

Refer:             Detective Narcie Sousa or Sergeant AJ Gibilterra
Station:          Specialized Investigations Division – Homicide Detail
Phone No.     (909) 387-3589
Case No.       181901918    H#2019-035

JOHN McMAHON, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department