Authorities release detailed timeline of investigation into the death of Lucas Hernandez

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Wichita authorities released further details Friday in the investigation into the death of Lucas Hernandez.

A timeline of events leading up to the discovery of the little boy’s body in rural Harvey County were detailed during a press conference held by the Wichita Police Department and the District Attorney. 

Details during the days following the discovery of the boy’s body and leading up to the death of Emily Glass, the suspect at the center of the case, were also released by authorities. 

February 16, 2018

  • The phone of Emily Glass is turned off for approximately two hours on between 8:02 p.m. and 10:13 p.m.
  • The phone is turned back on that evening and GPS shows the phone was at the home shared by Glass, Jonathan Hernandez, their one-year-old daughter and Lucas on Edgemoor.
  • GPS also confirms her car was not moved again that evening. 

February 17, 2018

  • Phone records show Glass’ phone was turned off for about an hour from 9:36 a.m. to 10:43 a.m. The phone is then turned back on in the area of 21st N. and Oliver. (Investigators say according to statements made by Glass to a private investigator, it was during this time she took Lucas the culvert in Harvey County where he was later found.)
  • At 6:21 p.m. Emily Glass calls 911 saying that five-year-old Lucas Hernandez went missing from their home on 655 S. Edgemoor. 
  • During an interview at the home, Glass tells police she laid Lucas down for a nap. She said she took a nap with her one-year-old daughter as well and when she woke up he was no longer in his bed. 
  • Glass said the back door of her home was ajar as well as the gate to the backyard.
  • Glass was taken to the Child Advocacy Center to conduct another more in-depth interview. 
  • Glass is released from her interview. 

February 18, 2018

  • Investigators interview Glass for again. During the interview she provides additional information about Lucas.
  • Glass said Lucas had been sick and had not been at school for about a week.
  • She tells investigators she also stopped at the Dillons at Harry and Edgemoor and got gas on February 17.
  • About 100 members of the WPD and other agencies searched Chisholm Creek Park near 21st and Oliver (the location her phone was turned back on February 17).

February 19, 2018

  • Investigators interview Glass again. During the interview Glass denied being in the area of 21st and Oliver on February 17. 
  • Glass tells investigators she met with Lucas’ biological mother on February 14 in Butler County where she gave Lucas to her for visitation. 
  • Glass admits to smoking marijuana on February 16 and then driving to the Olive Garden with her one-year-old daughter and leaving Lucas at home. 

Investigators said they knew Emily Glass was lying about taking Lucas to his biological mother on February 14. According to police, Lucas’ mother was in Kansas City during that time. 

February 20, 2018

  • Investigators interview Emily Glass again. During that interview she tells investigators she picked up a homeless person on February 14 near Rock and Kellogg and brought him to her home. 
  • Glass said she had last seen the man on February 16. 
  • Both Emily Glass and Jonathan Hernandez agree to a polygraph test.

Investigators identify the man and they learn he never saw Lucas when he was at the home on S. Edgemoor. 

Police say the results of Hernandez’s polygraph did not show any signs of deception, but the results of Glass’ did. 

February 21, 2018

  • Investigators attempt to interview Glass once more. The interview is short and police say Glass said she no longer wanted to talk.
  • Emily Glass is arrested on suspicion of child endangerment.

Glass was later charged with one count of misdemeanor child endangerment. The charge is related to her driving her one-year-old daughter to get food while under the influence of marijuana. 

February 23, 2018

  • An anonymous tip is made to WPD indicating Emily Glass placed Lucas in Chisholm Creek Park, sparking a second search of the park. 
  • No evidence was recovered from the park. 

March 3, 2018

  • Members of EquuSearch arrive in Wichita to search for Lucas. 

March 4, 2018

  • Grove Park is searced by the WPD and EquuSearch. 

Throughout a series of several days a number of searches, including Harrison Park and Cottonwood Park, are conducted in Wichita. No evidence was found during the searches. 

May 16, 2018

  • Emily Glass is acquitted of the child endangerment charge. 

May 24, 2018

  • James Marshburn, a private investigator from North Carolina, spends several hours with Emily Glass and drives her around in his vehicles. 
  • Emily Glass tells Marshburn she found Lucas dead and then drove his body to Harvey County and placed him under a bridge. 
  • Lucas Hernandez’s body is discovered by Marshburn under a bridge in rural Harvey County. 
  • Glass is taken to Wichita and authorities attempt to interview her. 
  • Glass is arrested and booked into the Sedgwick County Jail for suspicion of felony obstruction.  

May 30, 2018

  • Emily Glass is released from the Sedgwick County Jail after charges are not brought against her in connection with the death of Lucas.  

June 8, 2018

  • Emily Glass is found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound inside the home on S. Edgemoor. 
  • Investigators find three separate notes left by Glass inside the home. None of the notes contained information about the death of Lucas. 

Authorities say Glass was and is the only suspect in the case of Lucas’ death and no charges will be filed concerning the boy’s death. 

“In light of the death of the sole suspect in the death of Lucas Hernandez, no charges will be filed concerning his death in February of 2018,” read a statement provided by the District Attorney.

Police said the case of Lucas Hernandez has forever impacted the officers involved with the investigation and the community of Wichita. 

“There is detectives that worked this case that didn’t get sleep for hours, it still impacts them today…how they care about these type of cases when you have a child that is missing,” said Captain Allred. “It impacts us still to this day.”

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