For nearly two weeks, the Wichita Police Department investigators have been searching for Lucas Hernandez.
“There’s still a lot of hope. A lot of department members have put in a lot of time up to this point and plan on putting in a lot more time if necessary to bring Lucas home,” said Capt. Brent Allred.
More than 100 law enforcement officers have been involved in the search for Lucas since February 17th, when he was reported missing from his southeast Wichita home.
“We want to find Lucas very badly and it eats at you every day,” said Allred. “It’s just on your mind 24-7 and I know it’s on a lot of people’s minds.”
Members of Texas EquuSearch, a mounted search and recovery group, are heading to Wichita to search on Saturday. The location was not announced.
Police have said the stepmother, Emily Glass, last saw Lucas at 3 p.m. on the 17th before both of them took a nap. Glass reported him missing at 6:15 that evening.
Since the 5-year-old was reported missing, officers have searched Lucas’ home, neighborhood, and various local parks.
“Lucas just didn’t walk out of the house. There’s somebody or somebodies that knows something about Lucas and maybe someone will hear something and give us that information that will lead us to Lucas,” said Allred.
Allred said information from the investigation and a second tip led detectives to Chisholm Creek Park twice last week.
During those park searches, police have utilized drones, canines, horses, and people to find clues that will lead them to Lucas.
While there are no active park searches by the department at this time, private citizens have been searching public properties trying to find Lucas.
“Technology is great but it’s not the cure all to solving these cases. We solve more cases by people. In our community that care about what goes on here in Wichita and then letting us know about it,” said Allred.
Anyone with any information about Lucas is encouraged to call the tip line at (316) 383-4661.