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Woman Who Led Investigator to 5-Year-Old's Body Found Dead

Emily Glass originally told police Lucas Hernandez vanished while she slept
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 9, 2018 6:00 AM CDT
This May 24, 2018, file booking photo shows Emily Glass, of Wichita, after her arrest and booking into the Sedgwick County jail after a body that is believed to be her stepson was found in a nearby county....   (Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office via AP, File)

(Newser) – A woman who led an investigator to the decomposing remains of her boyfriend's 5-year-old three months after reporting him missing was found dead early Friday in a Wichita home with three suicide notes and a rifle at her feet, police said. Officer Charley Davidson said during a press briefing Friday that officers responded around 1:40am after Jonathan Hernandez called to report finding his former girlfriend, Emily Glass, dead of a gunshot wound at his Wichita home. Hernandez said in a statement that Glass killed herself. Davidson said the official cause of death will be determined by the coroner's office; he did not say to whom the three suicide notes were addressed, reports the AP. Glass, 27, reported Hernandez' son, Lucas, missing on Feb. 17. She told police she last saw Lucas playing in his bedroom before she took a shower and fell asleep.

On May 24, Glass led David Marshburn, a private investigator hired by Lucas' father, to the boy's decaying remains. The boy's body had been hidden under a culvert bridge about 20 miles north of Wichita and was covered with debris. Police arrested Glass on suspicion of lying to authorities, but she was freed. Prosecutors never charged her in Lucas' death, but said she was a person of interest. The investigation into Lucas' death is ongoing. In an interview for the podcast "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" that aired Monday, Hernandez told Grace that Glass told the private investigator she had panicked after she found Lucas dead in his bed one evening or morning. Hernandez was not at home when Lucas disappeared. Glass cared for her daughter and Lucas while Hernandez worked out of state for weeks at a time.

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