A spokesperson for the mother and father of Lucas Hernandez released a statement on behalf of the family Friday in front of the Sedgwick County Courthouse.
Misty Cox, the lead searcher for Kansas Search Investigations, appeared for the media Friday around 5:00 p.m.
Cox said Jonathan Hernandez and Jamie Orr have asked her to speak on behalf of their family during this difficult time. She said all questions and comments regarding the Hernandez family should be directed towards her, allowing the family to grieve their loss of Lucas.
Part of the statement released is as follows:
“With the recent developments this week, the family has been overwhelmed and is requesting that the public cooperate. Comments and questions as well as subjects of discussion and speculation, while a majority of it comes from well wishes, which the family is so touched by and appreciates…the interests and intense scrutiny has made it difficult for them to grieve for poor Lucas, preparing themselves to say goodbye to him… On behalf of Jonathan and Jamie they have decided to appoint me myself, Misty Cox, the advocate to represent the family.”
Cox also said the family is preparing funeral arrangements for Lucas. She said their intention is to make the service open to the public. Otherwise they may choose to hold a private service so they may “grieve in peace.”
“While we have all fallen in love with Lucas over the last three and a half months, in mourning his loss remember the pain that the family will endure for a lifetime,” said Cox.
Lucas was first reported missing by her stepmother, Emily Glass, back in February. The little boy’s body was discovered under a bridge in rural Harvey County last week.
Since the discovery, Glass was taken into custody for interfering with law enforcement and obstruction of justice. She has since been released from jail. No charges have been brought against her in connection with the death of five-year-old Lucas.
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