Body identified as Lucas Hernandez; stepmom held on $250K Bond

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Wichita police on Friday afternoon said by e-mail that the little body found yesterday hidden beneath a rural Harvey County bridge has been positively identified as that of missing 5-year-old Lucas Hernandez. But Ramsay said it was likely the body because Glass took the investigator, David Marshburn of North Carolina, there and because of other information revealed during the investigation.

Pressed as to how Marshburn was able to locate the body so quickly when police have been searching unsuccessfully for months, Ramsay would only say that police are bound by "very strict rules" that do not apply to private citizens.

Emily Glass, Lucas' stepmother, was arrested Thursday night on suspicion of interfering with a law enforcement officer and obstruction.

Body identified as Lucas Hernandez; stepmom held on $250K Bond
Body identified as Lucas Hernandez; stepmom held on $250K Bond

Lucas was reported missing by Emily Glass, his stepmother, back in February. He lived there with Glass; his father, Jonathan Hernandez, and Glass' 1-year-old daughter.

A few mementos sit in front of the southeast Wichita house where Lucas Hernandez was reported missing this winter. They spent all of Wednesday talking - first with Lucas' father, Jonathan Hernandez - and then with Jonathan's live-in girlfriend, Emily Glass, the last person to see Lucas alive. Lucas was reported missing the day after that trip.

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

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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.

Thursday morning, Mashburn says he woke up ready to find the boy who'd been missing since February 17. She has not been charged in his disappearance. She was acquitted of child endangerment for allegedly driving with her daughter while high. KAKE reports his grandmother said the remains were that of her grandson.

"There is no way we can tell who it is because of the deteriorated state", Gay said.

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He said he worked the case for about 18 hours before finding the boy's body. There was no bond listed, according to the booking details.

The body was found under a bridge on a gravel road.

Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett has arrived at the scene.

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Authorities confirmed that "small" human remains were indeed found.