WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) Update - Monday, March 5, 2018
Wichita police continue to investigate the disappearance of five-year-old Lucas Hernandez.
Officer Charley Davidson said investigators met with members of EquuSearch, a mounted unit made up of volunteers based out of Texas, on Saturday. Currently, the group has not located anything related to Lucas.
Davidson said police are still asking for the public's help. He also said they are still receiving tips.
Lucas has been missing now for 16 days.
Anyone who knows where he might be or what happened to him is asked to call 316-383-4661.
Another group of volunteers continues their search efforts for missing five-year-old Lucas Hernandez in Chisholm Creek Park Sunday morning.
The stepmom of the little boy reported him missing more than two weeks ago. Since then, there has been no sign of the missing child.
Volunteers organized through the Facebook page Help Find Lucas Hernandez by Bella's Voiceare efforting parks in Wichita, primarily areas with heavy woods and bodies of water.
Volunteers met Saturday at Pawnee Prairie Park in southwest Wichita because it's similar to Chisholm Creek Park where police and volunteers searched before.
It's a big park, heavily wooded, and full of brush.
Brooke Heithaus doesn't know Lucas or his family but is helping with the search to bring him home.
"I have two kids of my own and it would break my heart to know that somebody did something to my kid or that he was missing and or he walked away from the home. Whatever the case may be, I would expect that the community would help me also find my kid," says Heithaus.
Sheila Medlam, who is helping organize several searches, says volunteers from multiple groups need food donations. If you'd like to help out you can reach her at (316) 807-6372. The Equusearch team from Texas needs meal donations dropped off at the Aloft Hotel at K-96 and Oliver.
Bake Sale for Lucas Hernandez
In another part of town Saturday, organizers put together a bake sale to raise money for a reward to any person with information on Lucas's disappearance.
"I wanted to do the bake sale because I was tired of feeling like I wasn't doing enough for Lucas--you know--and, in the end, we just want to come together as a community and help find him," says organizer Alexandria Rodriguez.
"You know it's a tragic thing when a five-year-old boy goes missing especially from your area."
Bike Run and Vigil
Dozens of people gathered on Saturday night to honor young Lucas Hernandez with a vigil. Lucas's biological mom and father were there along with dozens of strangers to light candles, release balloons, and pray that he is found safe.
Before the vigil, a group of bikers gathered in Boston Park for a ride in honor of Lucas.
"This is family, this is what we do and we are here to bring the little kid home. It's aggravating and frustrating and as a parent, it infuriates me," says Tim Briley, a man attending the event.
After they rode, they lit candles and released balloons in hopes they get something, anything, a tip to what happened in return.
Timeline of Events
February of 2016, police were called to an apartment on South Webb Road for a disturbance between Emily Glass, Lucas' father, and another man.
Less than two weeks later, police responded to a report of domestic violence.
In April of 2016, Emily Glass was arrested for disorderly conduct over an incident in that same apartment.
There's no sign Lucas was involved in any of these calls.
Sally Rasmussen, a relative of Lucas's in New Mexico, says another family member made a report to New Mexico Child Protective Services in November 2017 when Lucas and his family were on a visit.
In December of 2017, a disturbance was reported at Beech Elementary school between Glass and Lucas' biological mother, Jamie Orr.
Emily Glass, stepmom of Lucas Hernandez, reports seeing two unknown individuals outside her home on February 11, 2018; this was shortly after the family moved into their new home. In an exclusive interview with Fact Finder 12, Glass says she confronted the people and later took a photo of them and sent it to Jonathan Hernandez, Lucas's biological father.
That same day a neighbor reported seeing Lucas outside playing.
Five-year-old Lucas Hernandez was reported missing Saturday, February 17 in the afternoon from a home in the 600 block of South Edgemoor. Glass reported the child missing around 6:00 p.m. when she says she woke up from a nap and could not find him. She says the last time she saw him was around 3:00 p.m. that day.
On Wednesday, February 21, the 26-year-old stepmother of Lucas Hernandez was booked into the Sedgwick County Jail on two counts of child endangerment.