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Mother's stabbed body found at morgue, landfill search resumes for sons (Update)

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Shazer Fernando Limas, 31, is accused of murdering his girlfriend and two children. He was arrested by police on suspicion of a triple homicide Thursday night.

Detectives and dogs are searching the Olinda Alpha landfill in Brea again for the bodies of two boys believed to be killed by their father. The missing mother's stabbed body was discovered Friday at the Los Angeles County coroner's office.

Arlet Hernandez Contreras and her sons (2 years old and 4 months old) went missing last month. The 31-year-old mother's stabbed body had been unidentified since it was found under a tarp in an industrial area on April 25. 

Contreras' boyfriend, Shazer Fernando Limas, was arrested Thursday by the California Highway Patrol following a chase that shut down Interstate 5 in both directions. He is suspected of killing the three.

Officials searched the dump last week without finding any evidence in the case. Monday's search will continue throughout the day, said Orange police Sgt. Dan Adams.

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Missing mother and kids not found in landfill, suspect questioned

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Shazer Fernando Limas, 31, is accused of murdering his girlfriend and two children. He was arrested by police on suspicion of a triple homicide Thursday night.

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. 

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Man shot from another car while driving on the 110 freeway through Torrance

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File photo of gridlocked drivers on the 110 freeway

The California Highway Patrol reports this evening that a man driving through Torrance was shot in the head by someone in another car on the 110 freeway.

Plancentia resident Anh Tram Nguyen, 21, was shot at about 2:45 p.m. today, according to reports. TV news helicopter footage showed a black Honda coupe on the side of the highway with a single bullet hole in its driver-side window.

A CBS report said Nguyen might have been hit in the ear, either by the bullet or debris when it went through the window. He was apparently able to pull over and call 911, and KTLA reports that he was taken to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and is listed in stable condition.

The incident happened on northbound 110, either on or near the Figueroa Street onramp. The shooter has not been identified, and CHP investigators have not yet given a description of the vehicle.

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I-5 freeway chase ends in fatal shooting

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A car chase that began in the Santa Clarita area on Wednesday morning has ended in a fatal shooting, the Daily News reports.

The pursuit started around 11 a.m. for unknown reasons. California Highway Patrol Officer Miguel Luevano said he did not know why authorities were trying to stop the suspect

Alone in a pickup truck, the man led authorities on a chase for nearly an hour before fatally shooting himself off the northbound Golden State I-5 Freeway at Castaic and Lake Hughes.

The man's name not been released pending notification of next of kin, say officials.

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Leader of the pack: Motorcyclist arrested after 100-mile freeway chase

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A biker led Southern California police on a high-speed, 100-mile freeway chase across three counties on Sunday.

California Highway Patrol officers initially tried to pull over 48-year-old Gabriel Barajas for speeding near Newhall, but the suspect did not stop.

Los Angeles police and CHP officers wound up chasing his Honda motorcycle through Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties, at speeds reaching 95 mph, until the bike reportedly ran out of gas near Camp Pendleton, and he was arrested.

Investigators say Barajas and 49-year-old Stacey Veronica, his passenger, are in jail where they were booked for investigation of resisting arrest.

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