Day 14: Volunteers search Pawnee Prairie Park for Lucas Hernandez

Published: Mar. 3, 2018 at 6:14 PM CST
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The search for missing 5-year-old Lucas Hernandez continues as we enter into Day fourteen.

Sheila Medlam is leading the way in volunteer-based searches for Lucas.

"We just have a lot of people that want to find Lucas and they're out here doing what they can to get that done," says Medlam.

Those volunteers met at Pawnee Prairie Park in southwest Wichita Saturday 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.

Volunteers are combing through every inch of the park that they can, looking for anything from disturbed ground to the clothing that Lucas was last seen wearing.

Medlam did call 911 once curing the search after volunteers found disturbed ground with a bad smell.

Police responded to the park and says it turned out to be nothing.

Medlam says Lucas has consumed their minds and they want him home safe.

"We love him from February 17th. They've loved him for 5 years so it's just, it's heartbreaking to watch how sad they are and to know if they found something how terrible that would be."

Volunteers also did searches on horseback and drones. They used red flags to mark anything police may be able to use in their investigation.

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