WICHITA, Kan. – The stepmother of a 5-year-old Wichita boy who went missing in February was jailed Thursday evening, hours after a small, still unidentified body was found under a bridge in a nearby province.
Emily Glass, the step-mother of Lucas Hernandez, was at a location in rural Harvey County hours before the body was found, Sedgwick County District Attorney Mark Bennett said. She was later booked in jail on suspicion of interfering with a law enforcement officer and obstruction.
The authorities have not identified the body that was found under a bridge on a dirt road near the city of Sedgwick.
“When we arrived, there was a body under a bridge there that looks like a small man, but it is unrecognizable,” Harvey County Sheriff Chad Gay said. No children are missing in Harvey County, he said.
Glass reported Luke missing in their home on Feb. 17. Glass told the police that she last saw Lucas play in his bedroom before she took a shower and fell asleep. He was gone when she woke up from her nap. She has not been charged in the boy’s disappearance, but Bennett has said that she is a person of interest in the case.
The boy’s father, Jonathan, Hernandez, was not at home when Luke disappeared. Glass made for her daughter and Lucas, while he worked out of state for weeks at a time. Lucas’ biological mother does not live in the Wichita area when he disappeared.
Glass was found not guilty in May in a different case, accusing her of the child is in danger, her own 1-year-old daughter. Plaintiff claimed that she smoked marijuana for the control of the child to a restaurant.
Luke was reported missing on the day after that trip.
A court document related to that case, the said Luke was often seen with bruises and lacerations before he disappeared. The Sedgwick County juvenile court document indicating the state of Kansas, was told at least twice that Luke was being abused and lived in a dysfunctional and violent situation.