Family pleading for missing Wichita boy's safe return

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

A family is pleading for answers and the safe return for 5-year-old Lucas Hernandez.

"It's cold out. We don't know where he is. We want him home safely,” Hernandez’s cousin, Kristin Edson said.

Hernandez went missing from his bedroom Saturday afternoon while his stepmom says she was asleep.

"Lucas was last seen wearing black sweats, white socks and a grey shirt with a bear on it,” Wichita PD Officer, Charley Davidson said.

Police, family members and friends spent hours overnight searching for him.

"It was devastating. You're hollering his name up and down the street. Telling him it's okay to come out. It's very hard to do. You never think it would happen to you until it happens and you just pray it never does,” Edson said.

The FBI, including their child abduction team, is assisting Wichita police on the search for Hernandez.

Neighbor Hesham Tiflati has lived on Hernandez’s street for nearly 10 years now and has never heard of anything like this happening.

"It's very quiet, other than the traffic. Kids play around over there and here, nothing really out of the ordinary,” Tiflati said.

Hernandez's family says he's a smart, loving and shy little boy.

"He has a speech impediment so sometimes it's hard to understand what he's saying when he speaks, so we have a hard time understanding him,” Edson said.

Now they're just waiting and holding out hope for his safe return.

Police say for now the best way to help with the search is to share Lucas’s picture on social media.

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