WPD: Coroner's Office identifies body as Lucas Hernandez

HARVEY COUNTY, Kan. Update Friday afternoon, (May 25)

The Wichita Police Department confirms the body found in southeast Harvey County is that of 5-year-old Lucas Hernandez.

This confirmation comes from the Sedgwick County Coroner's Office through an autopsy and dental records.

A thorough exam of evidence continues and no further information is available at this time," police say.

Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay said the investigation into Lucas’ disappearance continues and anyone with information related to the case should call WPD Homicide Detectives at 268-4181.

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Update: Friday 10:30 a.m.

Wichita police says the stepmother of missing 5-year-old Lucas Hernandez led a private investigator to a body that detectives believe is the missing child.

The body was found Thursday under a bridge near southeast 96th street and Woodlawn in Harvey County.

According to Police Chief Gordon Ramsay, an autopsy will be conducted Friday to officially identify the small body.

The District Attorney's Office released the following statement in regards to the investigation:

As has been widely reported, human remains were discovered last evening in Southern Harvey County.

Early next week, the Office of the District Attorney will review the results of the autopsy currently being conducted as well as evidence gathered by law enforcement throughout this investigation.

Emily Glass is booked in the Sedgwick County Jail in connection with the case. She is charged with interference with a law enforcement officer and obstruction. Her bond is set at $250,000.

Investigators say Glass led private investigator, David Marshburn to the area in SE Harvey County. When officers arrived on scene, they found Glass on scene with the P.I.

In an interview with police, Marshburn said Glass, the stepmother, led him to the boy’s body.

Ramsay couldn't say if anyone else might be arrested or questioned in the case since it is still an active investigation.

“Child death cases are very difficult on family, police authorities, and the community,” Ramsay said. “Our thoughts and prayers continue for everyone involved.”

Anyone with information is still encouraged to call Homicide Detectives at 268-4181.

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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.

WATCH: Wichita police remain on scene after body found in SE Harvey County

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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.

WATCH: Personal Protection Expert Joe Schillaci talks about what's next in the Lucas Hernandez case

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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.