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DATE/TIME:             Friday, April 26, 2019/10:06 am

INCIDENT:                Murder Investigation

LOCATION:             22000 block of Cherokee Avenue, Apple Valley

SUSPECTS:             Jackee Raquel Contreras, age 29; Jennifer Rachel Contreras, age 29 both residents of Apple Valley

VICTIM:                      Duke Flores, age 6 a resident of Apple Valley

SUMMARY:

UPDATE: Tuesday, June 25

SUMMARY:

On Friday, June 21, 2019, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department have ended their search for the remains of Duke Flores.  The search at the Victorville Landfill began on April 29thand continued until June 21st; the recovery effort ended with no remains found.

UPDATE: Monday, June 3rd
The search continues today at the Victorville landfill for the body of Duke Flores. Homicide Detectives, 8 Sheriff’s Dept Volunteers, 12 additional Sheriff’s Dept employees, 1 search dog, and personnel from the landfill
will continue to sift through 1200 tons of material in hopes of locating him.
 
Additional information will be released as soon as it becomes available.
 
UPDATE: Thursday, May 30th
The search continues at the Victorville landfill for the body of Duke Flores. Homicide Detectives, Sheriff’s Dept volunteers, Sheriff’s Dept employees, 2 search dogs, and personnel from the landfill will continue to sift through 1200 tons of material in hopes of finding him.
 
Additional information will be released as soon as it becomes available.

UPDATE:  Tuesday, May 27th

The search has resumed at the Victorville landfill for the body of Duke Flores.  Homicide detectives, 1 Sheriff’s Department volunteers, 2 search dogs, 35 additional Sheriff’s Department employees, and personnel from the landfill will continue to sift through 1200 tons of material in hopes of finding him.

Additional information will be released as soon as it becomes available.

UPDATE:  Thursday, May 23rd at 8:00 am

The search has resumed at the Victorville landfill for the body of Duke Flores.  Homicide detectives, 3 Sheriff’s Department volunteers, 12 additional Sheriff’s Department employees, and personnel from the landfill will continue to sift through 1200 tons of material in hopes of finding him.

Additional information will be released as soon as it becomes available.

UPDATE: Wednesday, May 22nd at 5:00 pm
Search efforts at the Victorville landfill have been suspended for the day.  Homicide detectives, 6 Sheriff’s Department volunteers, 1 search dogs, 7 additional Sheriff’s Department employees, and personnel from the landfill will continue to sift through 1200 tons of material in hopes of finding him. The search for Duke Flores will resume in the morning, Thursday, May 23rd.

Additional information will be released as soon as it becomes available.
UPDATE:  Wednesday, May 22nd at 8:00 am

The search has resumed at the Victorville landfill for the body of Duke Flores.  Homicide detectives, 6 Sheriff’s Department volunteers, 1 search dogs, 7 additional Sheriff’s Department employees, and personnel from the landfill will continue to sift through 1200 tons of material in hopes of finding him. The search for Duke Flores will resume in the morning, Tuesday, May 21st.

Additional information will be released as soon as it becomes available.

UPDATE: May 20th
Search efforts at the Victorville landfill have been suspended for the day. Homicide Detectives, 5 Sheriff’s Department volunteers, 2 search dogs, and 6 additional Sheriff’s Department personnel have been searching with the assistance of landfill personnel. The area being searched is approximately 70 feet x 70 feet x 10 feet in depth, approximately 1200 tons of material. The search for Duke Flores will resume in the morning, Tuesday, May 21st.

Additional information will be released as soon as it becomes available.

Update: Search for Duke Flores
Sheriff’s Investigators continue to search for the body of Duke Flores. On Tuesday, May 14th there were 15 Sheriff’s Department personnel, 3 volunteers and one search dog spent the day combing through material at the landfill. The search will resume Wednesday morning.

UPDATE:  Monday, May 13 at 5:17 pm –

Search efforts at the Victorville landfill have been suspended for the day.  Homicide Detectives, 12 Sheriff’s Department volunteers, 3 search dogs, and 11 additional Sheriff’s Department personnel have been searching with the assistance of landfill personnel.  The area being searched is approximately 70 feet x 70 feet x 10 feet in depth, approximately 1200 tons of material.  The search for Duke Flores will resume in the morning, Tuesday, May 14th.

Additional information will be released as soon as it becomes available

**UPDATE: Monday, May 13th at 8:00 am**

The search has resumed at the Victorville landfill for the body of Duke Flores. Homicide detectives, 8 Sheriff’s Department volunteers, 1 search dogs, 8 additional Sheriff’s Department employees, and personnel from the landfill will continue to sift through 1200 tons of material in hopes of finding him.

Additional information will be released as soon as it becomes available.

UPDATE:  Friday, May 10th at 8:30 am

The search continues at the Victorville landfill for the body of Duke Flores.  Homicide Detectives, 11 Sheriff’s Department volunteers, 2 search dogs, 12 additional Sheriff’s Department employees, and personnel from the landfill will continue to sift through 1200 tons of material in hopes of finding him.

Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

UPDATE:  Thursday, May 9th at 4:45 pm –

Search efforts at the Victorville landfill have been suspended for the day.  Homicide Detectives, 12 Sheriff’s Department volunteers, 3 search dogs, and 11 additional Sheriff’s Department personnel have been searching with the assistance of landfill personnel.  The area being searched is approximately 70 feet x 70 feet x 10 feet in depth, approximately 1200 tons of material.  The search for Duke Flores will resume in the morning, Friday, May 10th.

Additional information will be released as soon as it becomes available

UPDATE:  Wednesday, May 8th at 4:45 pm

Search efforts at the Victorville landfill have been suspended for the day.  Homicide Detectives, 9 Sheriff’s Department volunteers, 3 search dogs, and 11 additional Sheriff’s Department personnel have been searching with the assistance of landfill personnel.  The area being searched is approximately 70 feet x 70 feet x 10 feet in depth, approximately 1200 tons of material.  The search for Duke Flores will resume in the morning, Thursday, May 9th.

Additional information will be released as soon as it becomes available.

UPDATE:  Wednesday, May 8th at 7:30 am

The search continues at the Victorville landfill for the body of Duke Flores.  Homicide Detectives, 6 Sheriff’s Department volunteers, 2 search dogs, 7 additional Sheriff’s Department employees, and personnel from the landfill will continue to sift through 1200 tons of material in hopes of finding him.

Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

UPDATE:  Tuesday, May 7th at 4:45 pm

Search efforts at the Victorville landfill have been suspended for the day.  Homicide Detectives, 6 Sheriff’s Department volunteers, 2 search dogs, and 11 additional Sheriff’s Department personnel have been searching with the assistance of landfill personnel.  The area being searched is approximately 70 feet x 70 feet x 10 feet in depth, approximately 1200 tons of material.  The search for Duke Flores will resume in the morning, Wednesday, May 8th.

Additional information will be released as soon as it becomes available.

UPDATE:  Tuesday, May 7th

The search has resumed at the Victorville landfill for the body of Duke Flores.  Homicide detectives, 6 Sheriff’s Department volunteers, 2 search dogs, 11 additional Sheriff’s Department employees, and personnel from the landfill will continue to sift through 1200 tons of material in hopes of finding him.

Additional information will be released as soon as it becomes available.

UPDATE:  Monday, May 6th at 4:45 pm

Search efforts at the Victorville landfill have been suspended for the day.  Homicide Detectives, 20 Sheriff’s Department volunteers, 1 search dogs, and 11 additional Sheriff’s Department personnel have been searching with the assistance of landfill personnel.  The area being searched is approximately 70 feet x 70 feet x 10 feet in depth, approximately 1200 tons of material.  The search for Duke Flores will resume in the morning, Tuesday, May 7th.

Additional information will be released as soon as it becomes available.
UPDATE:  Monday, May 6th at 8:00 – The search for Duke Flores has resumed this morning at the Victorville landfill

The search continues at the Victorville landfill for the body of Duke Flores.  Homicide Detectives, 20 Sheriff’s Department volunteers, 1 search dog, 11 additional Sheriff’s Department employees, and personnel from the landfill will continue to sift through 1200 tons of material in hopes of finding him.

Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

UPDATE: Friday, May 3rd    7:45 a.m.

Search efforts at the Victorville landfill have resumed. Homicide Detectives, 9 Sheriff’s Department volunteers, 2 search dogs and 12 additional Sheriff’s Department personnel will continue searching approximately 1200 tons of material.
Additional information will be released as soon as it becomes available.
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UPDATE:  Thursday, May 2nd at 4:45 pm

Search efforts at the Victorville landfill have been suspended for the day.  Homicide Detectives, 17 Sheriff’s Department volunteers, 3 search dogs, and 12 additional Sheriff’s Department personnel have been searching with the assistance of landfill personnel.  The area being searched is approximately 70 feet x 70 feet x 10 feet in depth, approximately 1200 tons of material.  The search for Duke Flores will resume in the morning, Friday, May 3rd.

Additional information will be released as soon as it becomes available.

UPDATE:  Thursday, May 2nd at 7:20 am
The search has resumed at the Victorville landfill for the body of Duke Flores.  Homicide detectives, 17 Sheriff’s Department volunteers, 3 search dogs, 12 additional Sheriff’s Department employees, and personnel from the landfill will continue to sift through 1200 tons of material in hopes of finding him.

Additional information will be released as soon as it becomes available.

UPDATE:  Wednesday, May 1st at 5:00 pm

Search efforts at the Victorville landfill have been suspended for the day.  Homicide Detectives, 16 Sheriff’s Department volunteers, 3 search dogs, and 12 additional Sheriff’s Department personnel have been searching with the assistance of landfill personnel.  The area being searched is approximately 70 feet x 70 feet x 10 feet in depth, approximately 1200 tons of material.  The search for Duke Flores will resume in the morning, Thursday, May 2nd.

Additional information will be released as soon as it becomes available.

UPDATE:  Wednesday, May 1st at 8:00 am

The search has resumed at the Victorville landfill for the body of Duke Flores.  Homicide detectives, 16 Sheriff’s Department volunteers, 3 search dogs, 12 additional Sheriff’s Department employees, and personnel from the landfill will continue to sift through 1200 tons of material in hopes of finding him.

Additional information will be released as soon as it becomes available.
UPDATE:  Tuesday, April 30th at 5:00 pm

Search efforts at the Victorville landfill have been suspended for the day.  Homicide Detectives, 19 Sheriff’s Department volunteers, 2 search dogs, and 17 additional Sheriff’s Department personnel have been searching with the assistance of landfill personnel.  The area being searched is approximately 70 feet x 70 feet x 10 feet in depth, approximately 1200 tons of material.  The search for Duke Flores will resume in the morning, Wednesday, May 1st.

Additional information will be released as soon as it becomes available.

UPDATE: Tuesday, April 30th at 8:00 am

The search has resumed at the Victorville landfill for the body of Duke Flores. Homicide detectives, 19 Sheriff’s Department volunteers, 2 search dogs, 15 additional Sheriff’s Department employees, and personnel from the landfill will continue to sift through material in hopes of finding him.

Additional information will be released as soon as it becomes available
UPDATE:  Monday, April 29th at 5:00 pm

Search efforts at the Victorville landfill have been suspended for the day.  Homicide Detectives, 36 Sheriff’s Department volunteers, 3 canines, and 17 additional Sheriff’s Department personnel have been searching with the assistance of landfill personnel.  The area being search is approximately 70 feet x 70 feet x 10 feet in depth, approximately 600 tons of material.

The search for Duke Flores will resume in the morning, Tuesday, April 30th.

UPDATE:  Monday, April 29th at 7:15 am

Homicide Detectives, Sheriff’s department volunteers, and landfill personnel are actively searching the landfill in Victorville for the body of Duke Flores.  Following investigative leads, detectives believe that Duke was placed in a dumpster.  Detectives are now working with personnel at the landfill in hopes of recovering his body.

The investigation is ongoing, additional information will be released as it becomes available.
Detectives are asking anyone with information regarding this investigation to contact the Specialized Investigations Division, Detective Narcie Sousa at (909) 387-3589 or Sheriff’s dispatch at (909) 387-8313. Callers can remain anonymous and contact We-Tip at (800)78-CRIME or www.wetip.com.

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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