A Kansas woman who was the last known person to see 5-year-old Lucas Hernandez alive, left behind three notes according to police, who found her dead in a Wichita home on early Friday morning.
During a media briefing on Friday morning, Officer Davidson the Wichita Police Department indicated that Lucas’ father, 34-year-old Jonathan Hernandez, stated he arrived home a little after 1:30 a.m. to find 27-year-old Emily Glass lifeless from a gunshot wound. According to Davidson, it’s unclear whether her death was a suicide or homicide and will remain unclear until an autopsy is performed.
“It was reported she committed suicide. Her death is being investigated and the cause of death will be determined by the coroner’s office. At approximately 1:40 a.m. on Friday, Glass’ boyfriend, 34-year-old Jonathan Hernandez called 911 to report arriving home and finding Glass dead. Officers discovered a rifle near her feet and three suicide notes in the residence…..Glass’ body is at the Regional Forensics Science Center.”
Davidson also stated that the death of Lucas is still ongoing and that detectives will continue to investigate the case despite Glass’ death. Davidson declined to provide details contained in the notes Glass reportedly left behind and said since both Glass’ and Lucas’ deaths are still being actively investigated, he couldn’t give out any additional information at this time.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Glass has been a person of interest since Lucas disappeared in February. Initially, Glass told authorities she took a nap in the afternoon on February 17 and woke up to find Lucas missing.
According to an arrest affidavit and a written statement by the suspect, Glass wrote that on the day prior to Lucas’ disappearance, she woke up with Lucas and her toddler daughter between 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. She wrote she changed her daughter’s diaper, then helped Lucas out of his pull-up diaper and into his underwear before turning the television on for the children to watch. After giving the children breakfast, Glass wrote she walked outside to smoke a cigarette, then walked back inside the home and lounged around with the children and watched cartoons.
After doing a couple loads of laundry, watering plants, and cleaning her daughter’s bottle, Glass made the children lunch. She wrote that Lucas complained his stomach hurt, so she gave him Zofran and allowed him to watch a TV show in his room. Glass wrote she then cleaned up the lunch “mess” and did more laundry, but continued to check in on Lucas every 20 to 30 minutes. She took a break and smoked marijuana in her garage because her “hands were hurting” from working in her garden flower bed. After smoking marijuana, she left with her daughter to Olive Garden, leaving Lucas behind because he didn’t feel well.
When she returned home, Glass reportedly did more laundry before putting the kids to bed. She said Lucas was safe and well when she returned home. The following day, according to Glass’ written statement, the children woke up at 9 a.m. Later in the day, at around 3:30 p.m., she she took a nap and when she woke up three hours later, Lucas had disappeared.
For three months, authorities, working with what little information Glass provided, tried to find the little boy. However, on May 24, Glass led private investigator David Marshburn to a remote area in Harvey County, where he found the little boy’s remains under a small concrete bridge. Glass changed her story while talking to Marshburn and said she woke up on the morning of February 17 and found Lucas dead. She claimed she then “panicked.”
At the time of her death, Glass was not facing any charges in relation to Lucas’ death.
The story continues to develop. Check back CrimeOnline as additional details become available.
Posted by Wichita Police Department on Friday, June 8, 2018
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[Feature Photo: Lucas Hernandez, Emily Glass/Handout, Police Handout]