Search for 5-year-old Lucas Hernandez enters 12th day

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Community members searching Cottonwood Park for Lucas Hernandez on Feb. 28, 2018 Community members searching Cottonwood Park for Lucas Hernandez on Feb. 28, 2018
Authorities search for Lucas Hernandez at Chapin Park on Feb. 27, 2018 Authorities search for Lucas Hernandez at Chapin Park on Feb. 27, 2018
WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

It's approaching two weeks since a 5-year-old Wichita boy was reported missing and there's still no sign of him. 

Law enforcement officers, using dogs, horses, drones and divers, have searched five local parks since Lucas Hernandez was reported missing from his east Wichita home on Feb. 17. They last searched Chapin Park on Tuesday. 

"We've used upwards of 100 personnel," Officer Charley Davidson said. "We've used drones. We've used K9s."

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Officer Davidson said Thursday that the Wichita Police Department and its partnering agencies are on standby, ready to search the possible next locations. Police continue to ask for the public's help and for those with information to submit tips by calling (316) 383-4661. 

"This case has pulled on the heartstrings and been on the mind of many in our community and also our investigators."

Volunteers began searching on Monday in areas already covered by authorities. They combed through Cottonwood Park on Wednesday and planned to continue the search on Thursday.

"If the community does happen to see something that might be involved with the Lucas Hernandez case, or something out of the ordinary, we do ask that they stand by with what they located and the time that they located it," Officer Davidson said. "Don't disturb that area and then notify 911." 

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Emily Glass, the boy's stepmother, claimed she last saw Lucas when she took a shower and fell asleep the afternoon of Feb. 17. She's been charged with child endangerment involving her 1-year-old daughter the day before she reported Lucas missing. 

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Glass has not been charged in connection to the boy's disappearance. 


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Wichita police searched another park Tuesday night, looking for 5-year-old Lucas Hernandez who was reported missing 11 days ago.

Investigators acting on a tip brought out an Emergency Management K9 to Chapin Park near MacArthur and Hydraulic. Officer Charley Davidson said someone waking in the park noticed a pile of rocks on top of ground that appeared to have been disturbed.  

Police did not find anything associated with the Lucas Hernandez case.

"One thinks, 'Oh, my gosh, the little boy,'" said Kim Palkowitsh, who was walking her dog in the park. "That's what we we're all talking about. Have they looked at all the parks? And it's like someone had to find something and alerted them over here for them to just show up on this dirt path and look." 

Law enforcement officers, using dogs, horses, drones and divers, have now searched five parks since Lucas was reported missing Feb. 17. Police have no planned searches unless new information comes in.

Community members on Wednesday were looking in Cottonwood Park near Harry and Rock Road, one area police have already searched. Volunteer groups began searching local parks on Monday.

Wichita police have said that the boy's stepmother, 26-year-old Emily Glass, claimed she last saw Lucas when she then took a shower and fell asleep. 

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Glass was charged Monday with one count of child endangerment and her bond remained $50,000. The criminal complained shows the one count of child endangerment involving a 1-year-old on February 16, the day before she reported Lucas missing. 

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