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Emily Glass' shooting death is ruled a suicide, autopsy report says

Police say they are investigating the death of Emily Glass

Wichita police are investigating a shooting in the home where the father of Lucas Hernandez and his life-in girlfriend, Emily Glass, had lived. Glass was found dead of a gun shot wound and three suicide notes were found in the home.
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Wichita police are investigating a shooting in the home where the father of Lucas Hernandez and his life-in girlfriend, Emily Glass, had lived. Glass was found dead of a gun shot wound and three suicide notes were found in the home.

Emily Glass’ death from a gunshot wound to the head — two weeks after she led a private investigator to the body of 5-year-old Lucas Hernandez — has been ruled a suicide, her autopsy report says.

Glass, 27, was a live-in girlfriend who cared for the Wichita boy while his father was out of town working. Wichita police are still investigating Lucas’ death and Glass’ death. Police have said Glass' body was found with a gun near her feet and that her death was reported as a suicide.

The autopsy report, filed in Sedgwick County District Court on Tuesday, said that Glass’ body tested positive for marijuana use but negative for alcohol and other drugs.

Her gunshot wound was “midline of the forehead,” and the path of the bullet was front to back, the report said. The gun came in contact with her skin when it was fired, according to the autopsy, conducted by the Regional Forensic Science Center.

“Notes of suicidal intent at the scene,” the report noted. She also had “scars consistent with remote self-injury/cutting on the left forearm.”

Early June 8, Glass’ boyfriend, Jonathan Hernandez, went to the rental house where she was living. It is the same South Edgemoor house from which she had reported Lucas missing on Feb. 17.

Hernandez found Glass on the floor with an apparent gunshot wound to the head and an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle between her legs, the report says.

The AR-15 belonged to Hernandez, he said in a recent podcast interview on "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace." Hernandez talked about finding Glass’ body.

Emergency dispatchers received his 911 call around 1:40 a.m. June 8, police said.

Hernandez told Grace he last talked to Glass by text around 7:30 p.m. on June 7 and she sounded "pretty normal."

Some readers on the Eagle Facebook page on Wednesday speculated that Glass was afraid of jail.

One reader told The Eagle that she was in jail around Glass in March — when Glass was facing a charge of endangering her 1-year-old daughter. Glass seemed to have a mixed experience in jail, said former inmate Brooke Jefferson, 26.

One time, Jefferson said, she heard another inmate call Glass “baby killer.” Jefferson wasn’t sure whether Glass heard the name-calling.

Jefferson said she saw other inmates be seemingly friendly toward Glass, sitting with her while watching TV in the jail pod, sometimes playing with Glass’ hair.

Glass reported Lucas missing on Feb. 17. In the days before then, he had missed school — he was in prekindergarten — because he was reportedly sick. At the time he disappeared, she told police that the boy went missing from his bedroom while she was taking an afternoon nap. Police said they didn’t believe Lucas left on his own and that there was no sign he was abducted. On May 24, Emily Glass led a private investigator to Lucas' body, which was found hidden underneath a rural Harvey County bridge, police said.

On Feb. 17, 2018, Lucas Hernandez was reported missing. On May 24, he was found. Here is what happened leading up to Lucas going missing, in between, and after he was found.

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