Hercules police are searching a Pittsburg landfill this morning for the body of a missing man whose father was found murdered Saturday inside their Hercules home. Officers arrived at the Keller Canyon landfill at 901 Bailey Road at about 9 a.m. to search for 35-year-old Frederick Sales, Hercules police spokeswoman Michelle Harrington said. Sales’ father, 73-year-old Ricardo Sales, was found dead in the master bedroom of the Crepe Myrtle Drive home where the father and son lived. There were signs that a violent struggle had taken place, Harrington said. Police believe the elder Sales was murdered by Efren Valdemoro, 38, who was fatally shot Tuesday night after trying to evade California Highway Patrol officers. Authorities have linked Sales to three other murder victims – two women whose decomposed bodies were found at a Vallejo home on Tuesday, and Valdemoro’s girlfriend, 46 year old Cindy Tran, who was found dead in Valdemoro’s car at the time he was shot by CHP officers. Harrington said Tran owned and lived at the home on Crepe Myrtle Drive with the Sales father and son and one other roommate. Valdemoro often visited, and Harrington said there had been friction in the home after Valdemoro had warned the elder Sales to stay out of his relationship. Police found a pearl white Cadillac Escalade Valdemoro had been driving, which belonged to one of the Vallejo women killed, at Northshore Business Park on Alfred Nobel Drive in Hercules, Harrington said. She said Hercules police and teams from Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office searched the park on Wednesday. Investigators believe trash collected from the office park Tuesday may be related to the disappearance, which is why they are searching the landfill today. Harrington said she does not know how long the search will take.
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