APPLE VALLEY, Calif. – As the community is saddened, her daughters are in jail, and authorities are searching the dump, the grandmother of Duke, is making threats.
Heartbroken the community has search, prayed, and left the porch light on, in hopes that 6-year-old Duke Flores would be found alive. Duke was reported missing on the night of Thursday, April 25, 2019. Lydia Gutierrez, the mother of Duke’s mother, 29-year-old Jackee Contreras.
When deputies arrived at the Apple Valley home which is shared by Jackee Contreras and her twin sister, Jennifer Contreras, both sisters gave numerous stories. Sheriff’s officials also said the following day that they had to investigate more to determine the timeline of when Duke was last seen.
Jackee was arrested for Cruelty to Child once deputies responded, but after questioning, she was booked for Murder. Jennifer was also questioned and subsequently booked for murder. On Monday, April 29, 2019, the San Bernardino District Attorney’s office filed formal murder charges on both Jackee and Jennifer, Duke’s mother and aunt.
On Monday morning the shocking news of detectives believing that Duke was murdered and tossed in a dumpster was released. Homicide Detectives, 36 Sheriff’s Department volunteers, 3 canines, and 17 additional Sheriff’s Department personnel have been searching with assistance of landfill personnel sifted through around 600 tons of garbage hoping to find Duke.
The search ended on Monday as the sunlight faded. The search crews will be back out searching in the morning. Jackee and Jennifer Contreras are also scheduled to appear at the Victorville Superior Court on Tuesday, April 30, 2019, for an arraignment hearing.
Meanwhile, Lydia Gutierrez posts on Facebook stating that if her daughters killed Duke, it was an accident. She also said on the JGKIX video that her son-in-law, Duke’s father, could not have been involved because “he is not all there”. She and her friends have also made threats of “accidents” to anyone who talks negatively about her family on social media. On a recent Facebook post, Gutierrez said that one particular commenter would, “feel my wrath” and added that “this is not a threat this is a promise”.
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