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  • Death date
  • April 25, 2012
  • Age: None
  • Gender: Female
  • Cause: Unknown
  • Race/Ethnicity: None

Arlet Hernandez Contreras [Updated]

Arlet Hernandez Contreras, a Latina, was pronounced dead Wednesday, April 25, in the 600 block of Alderton Avenue in South San Jose Hills, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

[Editor's note: An earlier version of this post, based on information from the coroner's office, identified the victim as Jane Doe #30.]

People were walking in the industrial area when they discovered the woman's body in the street.

Authorities were called and the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

The coroner's office said a security hold has been placed on the case and they are unable to provide any further information about the investigation.

[Update May 7: Eleven days after the gruesome finding, dramatic new details emerged as prosecutors charged an Orange County man with three counts of murder in connection with the slaying of his girlfriend, Arlet Hernandez Contreras,  and the couple’s two young sons.

Prosecutors alleged that Shazer Fernando Limas, a 31-year-old Latino, stabbed his girlfriend along with his 2-year-old and 4-month-old at an Orange apartment on April 14, weeks before authorities arrived at their blood-filled apartment. The Orange County district attorney’s office says Limas went to the hospital for surgery to repair a cut to his hand, and bought a "sundry” of  supplies at a Home Depot, all prior to dumping his girlfriend’s body near a La Puente gutter more than a week later.

Police believe he dumped the bodies of his children at a landfill, but officials are still searching for their remains.

The special circumstances in this case makes Limas eligible for the death penalty, according to a statement from the district attorney’s office, which added that the decision on whether to seek capital punishment will be determined at a later date.

Limas is being held without bail and is scheduled for arraignment at 3 p.m. Monday, prosecutors said.

Contreras’ body was discovered at the Los Angeles County morgue Friday after detectives contacted the coroner looking for unidentified female bodies, Adams said. The body was originally discovered April 25 in South San Jose Hills. People were walking in the industrial area when they discovered the woman's body in the street.

Trash from the apartment complex is taken to the Brea landfill, which investigators first started searching Thursday night, Adams said.

Limas was arrested late Thursday after a police chase and standoff on the 5 Freeway near the San Onofre nuclear plant in San Diego County, Adams said.]

Anyone with details about the death is asked to call the sheriff homicide bureau at (323) 890-5500. Those wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

— Los Angeles Times

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