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Cadaver Dogs Back at Brea Landfill to Search for Bodies of Missing Boys [UPDATED]

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UPDATE 12:18 PM: Authorities have postponed the landfill search because they did not have access to the cadaver dogs this morning, reports City News Service.___

Cadaver dogs are headed back to the Brea landfill again today to resume the search for the bodies of two young boys who may have been killed and disposed of by their own father.

Late Friday, the body of the boys' mother, 31-year-old Arlet Hernandez, was identified at the morgue. Hernandez had been the victim of a stabbing, and while her body was reportedly found by county workers in La Puente on April 25, information about the circumstances surrounding the discovery have not been made public.

Hernandez' two young sons, a two-year-old and a four-month-old, are also feared dead, and the prime suspect in the killing of this small family is in the hands of Orange County authorities.

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31-year-old Shazer Fernando Limas was taken into custody by the California Highway Patrol following a high-speed chase Thursday night in San Diego County, however it was not until Friday morning that Limas was arrested for the murders of his estranged girlfriend and their children.

The search at the landfill is not based on any information provided by Limas during questioning, notes Orange Police Sgt. Dan Adams, reports City News Service, who explains that the landfill search is based on its connection to the family's apartment complex: "This is just us being proactive because garbage from that apartment (where the victims lived) is dumped here.''

Police were notified that something was afoul at the Hernandez-Limas household last week, prompting an investigation. Hernandez and the boys were likely killed in the apartment, say investigators. Reports note a "blood trail" from the unit to the trash chute. An initial search of the landfill last week yielded no results.

Limas is scheduled to appear in court today.