P.I.: Body of Lucas Hernandez found in SE Harvey County

HARVEY COUNTY, Kan. The body of a small person believed to be Lucas Hernandez was found Thursday in southeast Harvey County, news that broke a little after 5 p.m.

Eyewitness News maintained continuous live coverage through the evening, including a vigil for the 5-year-old boy, updates on the death investigation and the arrest of the woman police have identified as Lucas’ stepmother.

You can track this story as our reporters gathered information and developments unfolded with the updates below:

UPDATE — 10:40 p.m.:

Hours after a body believed to be that of missing 5-year-old Wichita boy Lucas Hernandez is found in southeast Harvey County, the woman police have identified as his stepmother is booked into the Sedgwick County Jail.

Jail records show Emily Glass was booked into the jail a little after 10:30 p.m. Thursday. Records show the arresting charge is interference with a law enforcement officer and obstruction.

 

 

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UPDATE — 10 p.m.:

As of 10 p.m., Law enforcement officials have not confirmed whether there’s been any arrests made in connection with the search and subsequent discovery of a body believed to be that of 5-year-old Lucas Hernandez.

Tonight (Thursday) Eyewitness News has reached out to the jails in Harvey County and Sedgwick County.

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UPDATE — 9 p.m.:

A group is gathered for a vigil outside the Wichita home where 5-year-old Lucas Hernandez lived. This follows the discovery of a small body in southeast Harvey County and belief by Lucas’ family that this body is that of the missing boy,

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UPDATE — 8:45 p.m.:

The Wichita Police Department tells us they will not be given any further updates tonight (Thursday) on the heavy police presence and discovery of a small body under a bridge in Harvey County.

Earlier, Harvey County Sheriff Chad Gay said it appears the body “looks like it has been here for awhile.” Crime scene investigators are processing the scene.

 

The sheriff could not say whether anything was found around the body, He said Wichita police are expected to remain on scene for several hours and are expected to give an update tomorrow (Friday).

Wichita police are leading the investigation with the Harvey County Sheriff’s Office assisting.

 

 

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UPDATE — 8:10 p.m.:

Family members of Lucas Hernandez say they believe the body found under a bridge in southeast Harvey County is that of the 5-year-old boy. Earlier, a private investigator with the family was one source of confirmation that Lucas’ body has been found.

Investigators have confirmed the heavy police presence in the area is connected with the search for Lucas.

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UPDATE — 7:30 p.m.:

A crime scene van is now on the scene in southeast Harvey County. In a media briefing, Harvey County sheriff Chad Gay says the body of a small child was found under a bridge in the area.

The sheriff says investigators could not yet identify the body. The information that the body is Lucas Hernandez comes from a private investigator with the boy’s family.

The Harvey County Sheriff’s Office is assisting the Wichita Police Department with the investigation.

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UPDATE — 7 p.m:

A private investigator tells us the body of Lucas Hernandez has been found in an area of heavy police presence in the 9700 block of South Woodlawn in Harvey County.

The private investigator for Lucas’ family says information from Emily Glass,Lucas’ stepmother, led to the area in southeast Harvey County.

Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett has arrived at the scene.

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Eyewitness News is in southeast Harvey County near Southeast 96th and Woodlawn where a heavy police presence has the area blocked off.

A source tells us this is believed to be connected with the search for Lucas Hernandez, the 5-year-old Wichita boy missing since February.

Since then, search groups have stayed active, searching areas that include Wichita parks.

Prior to Thursday, police had not revealed any new information indicating where the missing boy could be.

Stay with Eyewitness News for updates.