Search continues for missing Wichita boy

Published: Feb. 17, 2018 at 7:05 PM CST
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Monday 5 p.m. Update:

Chisholm Creek Park in northeast Wichita is one of several locations police have been searching for any signs of five-year-old Lucas Hernandez. .

As of late Monday afternoon, police have not had any luck in the search and are asking for the community to share any information that might point them in the right direction.

In the air, on horseback and on ATV's, officers spent much of the day searching Wichita parks for Hernandez. The search expanded since the boy was first reported missing Saturday.

"Currently Wichita Police investigators, FBI investigators and members of the FBI Child Abduction Rapid Deployment Team continue to speak to individuals regarding the case and following up on any leads received through out tip line," Wichita Police Department Public Information Officer Charley Davidson says.

Monday, tips led police to Glen Dey Park, the Great Plains Nature Center and Chisholm Creek Park.

Video sent to the KWCH newsroom shows fire crews searching Chisholm Lake.

"It is a taxing case, but we do continue to investigate each and every lead that we have," Davidson says. "That's why we continue to ask the community to call us if they have any information they believe could help us in locating Lucas Hernandez."

Police say members of the community have offered to help, but the department has all the resources it needs. Police say the best thing for people to do is to share any information they can to help find Lucas Hernandez.

As the search continues, Eyewitness news is also learning more about the people in Lucas' life. FactFinder 12 took a closer look at the boy's family history and found out some family members worried about the boy's safety before he disappeared.

Those family members say Lucas lives in a home with his father, stepmother and another child. They have concerns about what's been going on inside the house.

Monday, Eyewitness News spoke over the phone with Lucas' great aunt, Sally Rasmussen, in New Mexico. She says she and other family members think Lucas was being abused.

She says Lucas told his great grandmother he was being hit and kicked. That's when Rasmussen says, she reported the potential abuse to the Department for Children and Families in Kansas. She says she made this report last spring and she has not seen Lucas since then.

FactFinder 12 called a DCF spokesperson to ask if they ever investigated issues of potential abuse involving Lucas. As of Monday evening, we have not received a response.

Rasmussen says another family member made a report to New Mexico Child Protective Services in November when Lucas and his family were on a visit.

Anyone with information on the disappearance of Lucas Hernandez is encouraged to call the Emergency Operations Command Center (tip line) at 316-383-4661.


Monday 3:10 p.m. Update:

Crews have left Dr. Glen Dey Park, but many remain in Chisholm Creek Park (near K-96 and Woodlawn) as the search for five-year-old Lucas Hernandez continues.


Monday 2:25 p.m. Update:

A large police presence is in Dr. Glen Dey Park (formerly Grove Park) in the 2800 block of North Grove Street. Our reporter on scene says there are mounted units and an ATV searching in an area in the park.


Monday 2:00 p.m. Update: Wichita Police continue to search for a five-year-old boy who's been missing since Saturday (Feb. 17).

WPD provided a brief update Monday asking for the public to continue to provide leads in the case.

"We continue to investigate the situation thoroughly," said Officer Charley Davidson of the Wichita Police Department, "and also investigate each and every lead that we've been receiving."

Davidson says there isn't any new information to report regarding the case, but police have been searching the area of Chisholm Trail Park after receiving leads. Officers are also expected to check Grove Park.

WPD is working with the FBI on this case.

Police encourage anyone with information to call 316-383-4661.


Monday 9:00 a.m. Update: Wichita Police contacted us to let us know they have no new information to report on the case of a boy who's been missing since Saturday.


Update 9 p.m.

With the help of the FBI, Wichita police continue to search for a little boy who went missing on Saturday.

Kristin Edson says her cousin, Lucas Hernandez's step-mom and father anxiously wait news of the five-year-old.

"Very distraught. Very upset. Devastated. I mean, can you imagine? They’re just very distraught and worried about his safety. It’s cold out. We don’t know where he’s at. "

Edson says police haven't told them anything new but officers did tell Eyewitness News that law enforcement officers searched Chisholm Creek Park Sunday, following leads.

"All I know is that they took a nap around three-ish and she woke up with the baby around 6 to check on Lucas to see if he was in his room. She searched. The back door was open, and she called 911."

Edson prays somebody sees this boy and brings him home to safety.

"He does have a speech impediment, so it’s kind of hard to understand what he’s saying when he talks sometimes. He’s very shy if he doesn’t know you. If he does know you he’s willing to come out and talk to you."

Until then, she's asking for prayers.

"He has never wandered off like this before ever. So i mean it just worries me that maybe somebody got him to open the door for them and possibly took him."

Update 7:30 p.m.

Wichita police are asking everyone to avoid the area of Chisholm Creek Park as the investigation into missing 5-year-old Lucas Hernandez has led them to that area.

Police says there is currently no evidence of criminal activity associated with this case. They are continuing to work any leads they have, and the FBI has sent a team in to assist with the search.

Officers are asking for the public's help by sharing the information on Facebook and Twitter, and calling in any tips that you have.

"We're continuing to follow up on any leads that we have - our investigators, officers, along with our assistance from the FBI. We're gonna be there as long as it takes, so we can - we're trying to find Lucas so we're asking anyone with any information to call that tip line, again 383-4661," says Officer Charley Davidson.


Wichita Police say the FBI is assisting in the investigation of the disappearance of five-year-old Lucas Hernandez.

"Officers and K-9 units have diligently checked the home and neighborhood with no luck of locating Lucas at this time," says Officer Charley Davidson.

WPD says they are speaking with family and following leads.

"I know many in the community have shown willingness to come and take part in a search party, and we do appreciate the willingness of the citizens to come help us in this investigation. However, at this point we're asking citizens to share the information on their social media pages, and call the tip line with any information."

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Emergency Operations Command Center at 316-383-4661.


Updated 7:25 a.m.:

Public Information Officer Charley Davidson tells Eyewitness News that Wichita Police do not have any updates on missing Lucas Hernandez.

Hernandez went missing Saturday afternoon from his home near Lincoln and Edgemoor.

We'll continue to monitor this incident on our KWCH app and Facebook page.

Police encourage anyone with information to call 316-383-4661.


Wichita police are investigating a missing child case in the 600 block of South Edgemoor.

Sedgwick County dispatchers confirmed to Eyewitness News that police are on scene looking into the disappearance of a 5-year-old child last seen inside his bedroom around 3 pm on Saturday near Edgemoor between Lincoln & Kellogg.

Police say Lucas Hernandez is Hispanic/white, four-feet tall, brown hair, brown eyes, and long lashes.

The boy was last seen wearing black sweats with a grey shirt that had a bear on it, white socks, and light blue Pull-up.

Anyone who has seen Lucas is asked to call police.