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.
His identity was confirmed through an autopsy and dental records. Lucas has been missing since February 17.
Police and volunteer search teams conducted extensive searches for the missing boy.
"Child death cases are very hard on family, police authorities, and the community", Police Chief Gordon Ramsay told reporters. "As [Lucas' disappearance] captured the community's concerns and tugged at their heartstrings, it has tugged at ours and our staff's as well".
David Marshburn, the private investigator hired to search for the missing boy, did confirm with KSN that the body of Lucas has been found in the area of 9700 South Woodlawn. The private investigator had been hired by Lucas' family.
The investigator called Wichita police, who arrived along with Harvey County Sheriff deputies.
The body "looks like it has been here for awhile", Harvey County Sheriff Chad Gay said, according to the station.
Emily Glass is booked in the Sedgwick County Jail in connection with the case. She remains in the Sedgwick County Jail.
Tiflati recalls briefly seeing Lucas a week before he was reported missing on February 17th. Glass told police she last saw Lucas playing in his bedroom before she took a shower and fell asleep. Hernandez was out of town at the time.
He said he worked the case for about 18 hours before finding the boy's body.
Anyone with information is still encouraged to call Homicide Detectives at 268-4181.
Tom Shine is director of news and public affairs at KMUW.
Four days aftre the disappearance, she was charged with endangering Lucas and her 1-year-old daughter, but prosecutors only charged her with endangering the girl, according to the Eagle newspaper. Lucas' biological mother didn't live in the Wichita area when he disappeared.
"He would like to say thank you to everybody who has done their time on searching, fundraisers, and anything everyone has done for Lucas".
Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett has arrived at the scene.
Prior to Thursday, police had not revealed any new information indicating where the missing boy could be.
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