5 Things To Know About Emily Glass — Lucas Hernandez's Stepmom Who Police Say Knew Where His Body Was

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5 Things To Know About Emily Glass — Lucas Hernandez's Stepmom Who Police Say Knew Where His Body Was
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She was arrested hours after Lucas' body was found.

The stepmother of missing 5-year-old Wichita boy Lucas Hernandez was arrested after police found his remains, but did Emily Glass murder Lucas Hernandez? 

The body of a young boy was found in shallow water near a bridge in Kansas Thursday and it was identified as Lucas Hernandez by his maternal grandmother, Robin Taylor, according to KAKE.

Taylor was unofficially told Thursday night that her grandson’s remains had been uncovered in Harvey County, The Wichita Eagle reports.

The body, which was found by private investigator David Marshburn just 20 miles from Wichita, is reportedly severely decomposed and has been under the bridge for quite some time. It was nearly “unidentifiable,” officers said.

“When we arrived, there was a body underneath a bridge up there that appears to be a small human, but it’s unrecognizable,” Harvey County Sheriff Chad Gay said.


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Lucas’ stepmom, Emily Glass, 27, was arrested on suspicion of interfering with the search for the boy just hours after Lucas’ body was located.

A press conference will be held on Friday where more information about the case will be released. Police have not yet named any suspects or released Lucas' cause of death. 

"I'm not going to go into detail tonight,” Wichita police spokesman Officer Charley Davidson said Thursday.

An autopsy will be performed Friday to confirm the body’s identity, Police Chief Gordon Ramsay said.

“I’m glad that he has been recovered and that his family can finally get closure,” Misty Cox, the leader of the Kansas Search Investigation, said. “It’s not over. This is the first part of it.”

Here are all the details we have about Lucas Hernandez's stepmother, Emily Glass: 

1. She reported Lucas missing.

Glass reported the boy missing on Feb. 17. She claimed she had fallen asleep while watching him and when she woke up, he had disappeared.

Police were unable to find any evidence that Lucas was abducted or left on his own.

As YourTango previously reported, Lucas’ family members told police they believe the child was abused. In photos, he can be seen with multiple bruises and neighbors said he looked malnourished prior to his disappearance.

2. She may have led investigators to Lucas’ body.

KWCH reports that the private investigator for the boy’s family used information provided by Glass to track down Lucas’ whereabouts.


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3. She was at the scene when police arrived.

Ramsay said that Glass was at the scene where Lucas’ body was found when police arrived, The Wichita Eagle reports.

Glass was accompanied by the investigator Lucas’ family had hired when he went missing.

4. She was arrested Thursday.

Glass was booked into the Sedgwick County Jail around 10:30 p.m. Thursday. According to arrest records, she was charged with interference with a law enforcement officer and obstruction.

No other information about her arrest has been released.

5. Glass had previously been arrested and found not guilty of child endangerment.

Glass was arrested on child endangerment charges regarding her 1-year-old daughter in February.

She was found not guilty by a jury earlier this month and released from jail.

She has since lost custody of the 1-year-old, The Wichita Eagle reported at the time.


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Sarah Gangraw is a travel-addicted cat lady who lives on black coffee and cheese. She went to college in Australia, graduated from the University of Central Florida, and writes about all things news and crime. You can follow her on Instagram and Twitter — she's occasionally funny.

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