Audio from 911 call the night Emily Glass was found dead
The 911 call Lucas Hernandez's father made early June 8 to say that his girlfriend was dead was released Thursday following a request by The Eagle.
The recording was provided by Sedgwick County Emergency Communications in response to a Kansas Open Records Act request. It comes a day after the results of Emily Glass' autopsy were made public. Her death, from a gunshot wound to the forehead, was ruled a suicide by the Regional Forensic Science Center.
When Jonathan Hernandez found Glass he saw his AR-15 rifle at her feet. Investigators later found three suicide notes in the house.
In the 911 call, he tells the dispatcher that he hadn't been home in three weeks and that Glass had been staying at their house.
"I had nowhere else to go tonight. So I asked her, ‘Hey are you awake?’ etc. and she didn’t answer. So I came home, and it’s so bad. It’s so bad," Hernandez says to the dispatcher.
Sedgwick County previously refused to release a copy of the call. It said in a June 11 denial letter that the Wichita Police Department had requested it be withheld.
Authorities have called Glass the only person of interest and suspect in 5-year-old Lucas' disappearance and death earlier this year. Police arrested her on May 24 after she led a private investigator to where the boy's body was hidden beneath branches and debris under a rural Harvey County bridge. She was released from jail without being charged with a crime on May 30.
Just over a week later, Jonathan Hernandez discovered her dead on the floor of the same rental home on south Edgemoor from which Glass reported Lucas missing on Feb. 17.
Exactly how Lucas died remains a mystery. Authorities were unable to determine what killed him, partly because his body was decomposed when it was found. Glass told the private investigator she woke and found the boy dead.
A full transcript of the 3-minute, 44-second conversation between Jonathan Hernandez and the Sedgwick County dispatcher who answered his 911 call, made around 1:40 a.m. June 8, appears below. Emergency Communications redacted names and phone numbers of victims and the callers in the recording that was provided to The Eagle.
You can listen to the call here. Some details are graphic.
Dispatcher: 911, what is the location of your emergency?
Hernandez: Yes, ma’am. It’s 655 S. Edgemoor.
Dispatcher: And repeat the address for verification.
Hernandez: 655 S. Edgemoor.
Dispatcher: What’s a good phone number for you?
Dispatcher: OK. Tell me exactly what happened.
Hernandez: Oh, it’s the first time I’ve been home in like three weeks. Uh, my fiancée has been staying here, and I had nowhere else to go tonight. So I asked her, ‘Hey are you awake?’ etc. and she didn’t answer. So I came home, and it’s so bad. It’s so bad.
Dispatcher: What happened?
Hernandez: I, I saw my rifle.
Dispatcher: OK, did, so did she shoot herself?
Hernandez: At her feet, at her feet. Yes, I think so. I think so. Her brain is laying on the carpet and her head is split wide open.
Dispatcher: OK. Where is the gun at now?
Hernandez: It’s at her feet.
Dispatcher: OK. And you said it’s a rifle?
Hernandez: Yes, ma’am.
Dispatcher: OK. Have you seen any other weapons?
Hernandez: No, ma’am. I have a shotgun in the closet — if it’s still there. I haven’t even checked. But there was only my rifle that it looks like she got out of the case.
Dispatcher: OK. And is any one else injured that you know of?
Hernandez: No, ma’am.
Dispatcher: OK. What is her name?
Hernandez: Her name is (redacted).
Dispatcher: OK. What race is she?
Dispatcher: How old is she?
Hernandez: Uh, 27, 28. She was born in ’91. Sorry, I can’t think right now.
Dispatcher: That’s OK. You said she was 27 or 28?
Hernandez: Yes, ma’am.
Dispatcher: How tall is she?
Hernandez: About 5-7.
Dispatcher: Is she thin, medium or heavy build?
Dispatcher: Can you tell at all what she’s wearing right now?
Hernandez: Uh, I can’t remember. I’m sitting on the back porch.
Dispatcher: That’s OK, that’s OK.
Hernandez: Yeah, it was a T-shirt and looked like sleep pants or something.
Dispatcher: OK. Does she have a vehicle there?
Hernandez: She does.
Hernandez: It’s in the garage.
Dispatcher: OK. What kind of vehicle does she drive?
Hernandez: It’s a white 2006 Acura SUV. I think it’s called an MDX.
Dispatcher: Do you know what the tag number is on it?
Hernandez: I don’t. I can get into the garage and tell you.
Dispatcher: No, that’s OK. It’s not a big deal at all. I just have to make sure I get a description. OK, and what is your name?
Hernandez: My name is (redacted).
Dispatcher: OK. And I’ve got to go ahead and get a description of you also. What race are you?
Hernandez: I am half-white, half-Mexican.
Dispatcher: OK. And how old are you?
Hernandez: I am 34.
Dispatcher: How tall are you?
Hernandez: Uh, 6-2.
Dispatcher: Thin, medium or heavy build?
Dispatcher: OK. What are you wearing?
Hernandez: I’m wearing a blue shirt and kind of white - not white pants, but they would look white.
Dispatcher: OK. That’s fine. And do you have a vehicle there?
Hernandez: Yes I do.
Dispatcher: What do you drive?
Hernandez: It’s a silver Dodge.
Hernandez: And, and officers have arrived.
Dispatcher: OK. I’ll go ahead and let you talk to the officers. Thank you.
Hernandez: OK, thank you.
Dispatcher: Uh-huh. Bye.