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Police close tip line for missing 5-year-old Lucas Hernandez; EquuSearch returns

These six kids have gone missing in Kansas, their disappearances are still unsolved

As of March 1, 284 children were listed as missing in the Kansas Bureau of Investigation's Missing Persons Clearinghouse. These six Kansas children went missing and their cases are still unsolved.
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As of March 1, 284 children were listed as missing in the Kansas Bureau of Investigation's Missing Persons Clearinghouse. These six Kansas children went missing and their cases are still unsolved.

Wichita police have closed the tip line for a boy who has been missing for 23 days due to a drop-off in tips.

Police continue to ask for tips from the public in the case of missing 5-year-old Lucas Hernandez, Officer Charley Davidson said. Fewer tips are coming in, he said, so police closed the emergency operations center tip line and are asking tipsters to call detectives or Crime Stoppers.

"Get that information to us so we can use that information as we continue to investigate in hopes of finding Lucas," Davidson said. He did not say how many tips are still coming in.

Police are also working with Texas EquuSearch, a mounted search and rescue team for missing persons, Davidson said.

EquuSearch came to Wichita to join the search for Lucas on March 3, but suspended its search on March 5 to work on another case. The group returned to Wichita on Monday, a post on their website said.

Lucas was reported missing by his stepmother at her house in the 600 block of South Edgemoor on Feb. 17. Police searched the neighborhood that night and at least five parks over the next two weeks, including Chisholm Creek, Dr. Glen Day, Harrison, Cottonwood and Chapin parks.

Over 100 law enforcement officers used horses, dogs and drones to look for Lucas. Police conducted organized grid searches, and divers searched bodies of water in a second search of Chisholm Creek Park.

After active police park searches were suspended, EquuSearch and several volunteers formed their own search parties for Lucas. But nothing found was associated with the case, Davidson has said. In once case, someone found a pile of rocks, prompting a park search by police.

Missing Pieces Network, which works to locate missing people, called for Wichita-area landowners to search their properties in a Saturday Facebook post.

"Since nobody has come forward to provide information on his whereabouts, he needs our help!" the post said.

Police classify Lucas' disappearance as a criminal case and have asked people to call if they find anything that might be evidence and said to not disturb it.

An Amber Alert was never issued because there was no evidence that Lucas had been abducted, police have said. A Wichita police captain has said, “I believe Lucas just didn’t walk out of the house.”

Lucas' stepmom, Emily Glass, 26, was arrested and later charged with child endangerment in connection to an incident with a 1-year-old. She remains in the Sedgwick County Jail on $50,000 bond.

Lucas was born Dec. 3, 2012, has brown hair and brown eyes, is about 4 feet tall and weighs about 60 pounds. He was last seen wearing black sweats, white socks and a gray shirt with a bear on it. He attends Beech Elementary School.

As the old tip line is no longer monitored, police ask anyone with information on the case to call detectives at 316-268-4407 or Crime Stoppers at 316-267-2111.

Emily Glass makes her first appearance in court Monday afternoon, Feb. 26, 2018. Glass, charged with child endangerment, is the stepmom of missing Wichita 5-year-old Lucas Hernandez.

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