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Missing mother and kids not found in landfill, suspect questioned

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The bodies of a mother and two young children were not found in a landfill searched by police on Friday.

31-year-old Shazer Fernando Limas was arrested Thursday by California Highway Patrol following a chase that shut down Interstate 5 in both directions. He is suspected of killing his girlfriend, 31-year-old Arlet Hernandez, and their two boys (age 2 and 4-months-old).

Police, who had been trying to locate the family since noon on Thursday, ended their search of the Olinda Alpha landfill in Brea on Friday morning without finding any evidence in the case, Orange Police Sergeant Dan Adams told KPCC's Ed Joyce.

There was "no specific information that led us up there," said Sgt. Adams. Trash from the couple's Orange apartment complex, however, ultimately winds up in the OC landfill. 

"We were just trying to be proactive in our investigation," he said of the search that lasted overnight and into Friday morning. 

Limas has been sent to the Orange County Central Jail for booking. "We hope to talk with the suspect (Limas) again later today to see if he can give us any more information," Adams said.

Police said "suspicious circumstances" indicated that an altercation had occurred at the couple's home, NBC LA reported.

Thursday afternoon, Limas was spotted by police near John Wayne Airport, prompting the chase and subsequent standoff that concluded with the Limas' surrender near Camp Pendleton.


Lisa Brenner can be reached via Twitter @lisa_brenner

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