Family Confirms Body of Missing Kansas Boy Found—Here’s Where

Janita Kan
By Janita Kan
May 25, 2018US News
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Family Confirms Body of Missing Kansas Boy Found—Here’s Where
Lucas Hernandez. (Wichita Police Department)

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Police have reportedly found the body of 5-year-old Kansas boy who has been missing for more than three months since February, according to a family member.

Lucas Hernandez was reported missing on Feb. 17 by his stepmother Emily Glass who last saw him in his bedroom.

The missing boy’s grandmother Robin Taylor was told unofficially on Thursday night, May 24, that his remains have been found in Harvey County, possibly near 96th Street and Oliver Road, reported The Wichita Eagle. Taylor told the news website that Lucas’ mother had received an alert that there had been a development in the case.

Harvey County Sheriff Chad Gay told media that a body was found under a bridge on a gravel road on 96th Street. The body appeared to be that of a small human and was hidden in a way that it was not visible from the street.

According to ABC affiliated KAKE News, Harvey County officers received a call around 6:30 p.m. local time from Sedgwick Police who told them they had located the body. They said the body was “unidentifiable” and was severely decomposed, suggesting that it had been there for a significant amount of time.

Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett told The Wichita Eagle that authorities will “speak more definitively after the autopsy tomorrow.”

Back in February, Glass, 27, told investigators that she last saw Lucas at 3:00 p.m. in his bedroom in the 600 block of South Edgemoor Street in Wichita before she took a shower and fell asleep. When she woke up, Lucas was nowhere to be found. She reported him missing at 6:15 p.m.

His disappearance sparked an extensive search over the past three months by local and national groups, attracting national attention. The FBI joined in the search on Feb. 19.

A few days after the boy went missing, Glass was arrested on suspicion of child endangerment for Lucas and a 1-year-old child but was only charged for the 1-year-old. She was acquitted of those charges on May 17.

Police had previously said that they could not find any evidence of an abduction but did not think the child had just walked away.

Glass has been booked into Sedgwick County jail just after 10:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 24, for interference with a law enforcement officer and obstruction, according to jail records.

Authorities have not provided any further information about the body and have not positively identified the body found under the bridge.

A vigil was held for the Lucas at his home at 9 p.m. on Thursday evening.

 

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