FBI trains Kansas agencies in missing, abducted child cases

The FBI is helping to make sure law enforcement agencies across the state know how to handle cases of missing and abducted children.

"I feel for this precious little boy, and we want to bring him home," said Misty Cox, a search organizer with a group calling themselves “Lucas Warriors.”

Cox is searching again for missing 5-year-old Lucas Hernandez.
The Wichita boy disappeared more than a month ago and Cox has searched for 19 days in a row.

"I'm ex-military, I'm a hospice nurse, so we come prepared, we have first aid kits, we have water supplies,” said Cox.

While this volunteer group searches for Lucas, the FBI is training 35 law enforcement agencies from across Kansas.

"This started a couple years ago, it is now expanding across the country, I will tell you this region, Kansas in general is ahead of the curve," said Special Agent Darrin Jones with the FBI Kansas City office.

They are using the same training the FBI's team uses when responding to child abductions.

“The training has been phenomenal, it's hitting pretty close to home with the incident in Wichita five weeks ago, the incident in Hoisington (Tuesday) night,” said Sheriff Kelly Herzet of the Butler County Sheriff’s Office.

The training is not just in the classroom, as they'll be holding an exercise in El Dorado on Thursday.

"Agents and officers and deputies are actually going to go out on the streets and go through a scenario of a missing or abducted child, and they're going to interview members of the public, businesses, go through the community and investigate this incident the way they would in a normal child abduction," said Jones.

So if you are in the El Dorado Thursday and see a large police presence, know that it is an FBI special training with officers using a mobile command post, road blocks, and canvassing neighborhoods to practice what to do when a child is abducted.