Mother and Aunt of Missing 6-Year-Old Boy Charged With Murder: Police

Duke Flores
Apple Valley Police Department

A mother and aunt of a missing 6-year-old boy in Southern California have been charged with the boy's , murder, authorities said Saturday.

The Apple Valley Police Department visited the boy's home on Thursday after a family member asked for a welfare check, according to a police statement. Jakee Contreras, 29, told officers that she had not seen her son, Duke Flores, for two weeks.

Officers immediately searched the area and arrested Contreas for not reporting Duke missing.

On Friday, detectives from the Specialized Investigations Division, Homicide Detail continued searching for Duke with K9 unites. After gathering evidence and conducting multiple interviews, Contreas was charged with murder. She is being held without bail.

On Saturday, Duke's aunt Jennifer Contreas, Jakee's twin sister, was arrested and charged with murder. She is also being held without bail.

Police said the investigation is ongoing and officers are still looking for Duke.

"I just want to find Duke. That's all I really want," Duke's aunt Lea Contreras told KABC. "My sisters, they are where they are, but right now, what we really want is to find Duke."

According to KABC, two other children live in the home.

Police asks for anyone with information about the case to call the police department at 760-240-7400, extension 7412. Duke is about 3 feet,10 inches tall and has brown hair and brown eyes.

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