WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - The Latest on the death of a woman who led an investigator to the body of her 5-year-old stepson (all times local):
A prosecuting attorney says law enforcement will continue to work to determine how a 5-year-old Wichita boy died, despite the death of his stepmother, who had been the focus of the investigation.
Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett said Friday that Emily Glass’ death does not mean authorities plan to wrap up their work in the case of Lucas Hernandez, whose body was found last month after Glass reported him missing in February.
Glass was found dead early Friday after Lucas’ father reported she had committed suicide. Authorities have not determined the cause of death.
Bennett said Glass was the main person of interest in the case and he couldn’t say whether other people might have “levels of culpability” in the boy’s death.
A woman found dead after leading an investigator to her 5-year-old stepson’s body told an investigator that she “did him wrong” on a recording broadcast on a recent podcast episode of “Crime Stories with Nancy Grace.”
Police say officers found Emily Glass’ body early Friday after her ex-boyfriend, Jonathan Hernandez, called to report that she had killed herself. The official cause of death hasn’t been determined.
Glass reported Lucas Hernandez missing in February and helped the investigator find his body last month. In an episode of Grace’s podcast that aired Monday, Hernandez said he no longer believes Glass and that she recently told a private investigator that she panicked after finding Lucas dead.
The investigator captured a recording of Glass saying: “I did Lucas so wrong. I did him wrong.”
Authorities have confirmed that a woman who led an investigator to her 5-year-old stepson’s body three months after reporting him missing has been found dead.
Police identified the woman Friday as Emily Glass, who reported Lucas Hernandez missing on Feb. 17. Police say officers found Glass’ body early Friday after Jonathan Hernandez called to report finding a woman dead of a gunshot wound at his Wichita home.
Police say the death is under investigation.
The Wichita Eagle reports that Hernandez and Lucas’ mother, Jamie Taylor-Orr, said in a statement released Friday that Glass “chose to end her own life.” They lamented her death, saying she “was the only person on this earth who could tell us what the last moments of our child’s life were like.”
Authorities are investigating the fatal shooting of a woman found in the Kansas home of a 5-year-old boy whose stepmother led an investigator to his decomposing body three months after the child was reported missing.
Police say officers responded early Friday after Jonathan Hernandez called to report finding a woman dead of a gunshot wound in his Wichita home. The woman’s name hasn’t been released.
Hernandez’ live-in girlfriend, Emily Glass, reported his son, Lucas Hernandez, missing on Feb. 17. After she was acquitted of child endangerment in an unrelated case involving her own daughter, she led the investigator to Lucas’ body on May 24.
She was arrested on suspicion of lying to authorities, but freed. Prosecutors haven’t charged her in Lucas’ death but said she was a person of interest.
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