EMMANUEL AND FERNANDO LIMAS – CASE RESTRICTED

EMMANUEL AND FERNANDO LIMAS

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Emmanuel and Fernando Limas’ case has been restricted and since removed from the NCMEC Database.  Thank you to all of those who followed their case.

**** What a restricted case means. ****

A restricted case can mean any one of several things.  It can mean the children have been recovered, or the case has been solved, however it is not press ready at the time.  Classifying it as restricted gives the authorities and professionals time to evaluate the children, without any influence, to determine exactly how they were living and their current needs – do they need any medical treatment, counseling, drug rehab, etc. Also, during the evaluation time the professionals and authorities should be able to determine if any additional charges should be filed against the abductor(s) or anyone else.  A final determination of custody will be made (vast majority enforces orders made after the abduction), and the children will then be returned to their rightful home.  A restricted case can also mean that the case is being updated.  When this is the case, a new poster will be issued for the children and the case will be reclassified.  This generally happens within a day or two.  LTWH’s policy is to wait 7 days before reclassifying a case, therefore we avoid changing the status of a case if an update is all that is happening.  Lastly, a restricted case may mean that the publicity of the case has been ceased.  When this happens, the public is given very little information.

**** Please note that when a case is classified as restricted, we move the case to our recovered archives.****

Lights For Emmanuel and Fernando Limas Flier

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Emmanuel Limas

Emmanuel Limas

Emmanuel Limas

Emmanuel Limas

Emmanuel Limas

Date of Birth: January 24, 2012

White Male

Height: 2’0”     Weight: 15 lbs

Hair: Brown     Eyes: Brown

Missing: April 12, 2012     From: Orange, CA

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Fernando Limas

Fernando Limas

Fernando Limas

Date of Birth: December 14, 2010

White Male

Height: 2’5”     Weight: 30 lbs

Hair: Brown     Eyes: Brown

Missing: April 12, 2012     From: Orange, CA

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Arlet Contreras

Arlet Contreras

Emmanuel and Fernando were last seen with their mother, Arlet Hernandez Contreras at their home.  Arlet‘s mother had seen her daughter and grandsons the day they disappeared and said everything seemed normal.  Over the next few days however, Arlet‘s mother began to worry when she could not get a hold of her daughter.  She was receiving text messages, supposedly from Arlet, saying that she was fine and she was on vacation with the boys and their father, her live in boyfriend, Shazer Fernando Limas.

Mayra Contreras

Mayra Contreras

In early May, Arlet‘s landlord called her family after a cleaning crew he hired found blood stains on the floor, beneath the carpet and on the walls inside her apartment.  Investigators began to search for Arlet, her sons and Limas.  Limas had moved out of the apartment on April 28th.On the evening of May 3rd, authorities spotted Limas driving his Nissan 35OZ in Santa Ana, CA.  They attempted to pull him over, but Limas refused to stop and took police on a high speed chase on Interstate 405 and Interstate 5.  At 7:40PM, Limas finally pulled over after running over spike strips, causing him to have a flat tire.  Limas was detained and charged with 3 counts of murder.

Shazer Limas

Shazer Limas

Authorities believe that Arlet, Emmanuel and Fernando were murdered inside their apartment two weeks prior to Limas‘ arrest.  The based this timing on a trip Limas made to the ER to receive treatment for a cut on his hand.  On April 24, Limas visited a Home Depot, purchasing a tarp and other items.  Authorities speculate that a possible motive for murdering Arlet and his sons, was money.  Limas who was already paying $450 monthly in support of his other children from previous relationships.  He had just been ordered to pay $284 monthly to Arlet in child support beginning in April.

Tragically, Arlet‘s remains were found before her family even reported her missing, remaining unidentified until after Limas‘ arrest.  On April 25, county workers in La Puenta, CA, found her tarp covered body in a gutter.  Her body had not been there for long, medical examiners believe it was only there a day or two.  Arlet had been stabbed to death.  Emmanuel and Fernando‘s bodies were not with their mother.  Authorities searched landfills in the cities of Brea and Irvine, in hopes of recovering the little boys‘ bodies, however they found nothing.

Arlet Contreras and Fernando Limas

Arlet Contreras and Fernando Limas

Limas has been married twice, and had a history of violence and physical abuse, as well as infidelity, but had no serious criminal record, other than an arrest for violating a restraining order taken out against him by one of his former wives.  During the year that Arlet and Limas shared their apartment, police were never called there.  Limas did at one time apply for a temporary restraining order against Arlet, saying that he was afraid that she would hurt herself and accuse him of doing it.

Limas is awaiting trial for the 3 murders of Arlet, Emmanuel and Fernando.  He has never disclosed the location of the boys‘ bodies.  If convicted of all charges, Limas may face the death penalty.

Arlet‘s family holds out hope that Emmanuel and Fernando are still alive, possibly in Mexico where Limas is from.

Sadly though, the boys are presumed as deceased.

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If you have any information regarding the disappearance of Emmanuel and Fernando Limas, please immediately contact the Orange Police Department at:

1-714-744-74444

OR

The National Center For Missing & Exploited Children at:

1-800-843-5678

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~ by LTWH on March 7, 2013.

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