Friday, June 8, 2018|3:50 p.m.
WICHITA, Kan.– A woman who led a detective to the breaking down remains of her 5-year-old stepson 3 months after reporting him missing was found dead early Friday in a Wichita house with 3 suicide notes and a rifle at her feet, police stated.
Officer Charley Davidson said throughout a press rundown that officers reacted around 1:40 a.m. after Jonathan Hernandez called to report discovering his former girlfriend, Emily Glass, dead of a gunshot injury at his Wichita home.
Hernandez stated in a statement that Glass killed herself. Davidson stated the main cause of death will be identified by the coroner’s office. He said he didn’t know whether Glass was living at the home or who owned the rifle. Davidson did not state to whom the 3 suicide notes were attended to.
Glass, 27, reported Hernandez’ child, Lucas, missing on Feb. 17. She told police she last saw Lucas playing in his bed room before she showered and went to sleep. Glass led a private detective to Lucas’ body on May 24.
Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett stated Friday afternoon that the investigation will continue regardless of the death of Glass, who was the primary individual of interest in the case. He said her death alters the dynamic of the examination however it’s possible other individuals may have “levels of culpability” in Lucas’ death. He also guaranteed to reveal result in the general public even if investigators determine no charges would be submitted, or that Glass would have been the only individual charged.
“We’re dealing with it, we will continue to deal with it,” Bennett stated. “When we have actually reached a resolution, there will be a public accounting in some style.”
Glass took David Marshburn, a private investigator employed by Lucas’ dad, to the kid’s decomposing remains. The boy’s body had actually been concealed under a culvert bridge about 20 miles (32 kilometers) north of Wichita and was covered with debris.
Cops apprehended Glass on suspicion of lying to authorities, however she was released and district attorneys never charged her in Lucas’ death. Bennett said Friday Glass couldn’t be charged prior to her release due to the fact that the autopsy had not yet identified how Lucas died.
It’s uncertain if that decision will ever be made due to the fact that of his body’s decayed condition.
In an interview for the podcast “Criminal offense Stories with Nancy Grace” that aired Monday, Hernandez said he not believes or supports Glass which he is “a bit confused by” her release from prison. Hernandez also informed Grace that Glass told the private investigator she had actually panicked after she found Lucas dead in his bed one night or morning. The podcast included part of a recording caught by Marshburn where Glass said in an unstable voice: “I did Lucas so incorrect. I did him wrong.”
The Wichita Eagle reports that Hernandez and Lucas’ mother, Jamie Taylor-Orr, stated in a statement launched Friday that Glass “opted to end her own life.”
“This is not the ending we would have chosen for Emily. She was the only person on this earth who might inform us what the last minutes of our child’s life were like,” the declaration stated. “We wanted answers and we still want justice. Our hope is that the fact will still come out, that there will be responses to the numerous concerns we have.”
Hernandez was not in the house when Lucas disappeared. Glass cared for her daughter and Lucas while Hernandez worked out of state for weeks at a time. Taylor-Orr didn’t live in the Wichita location when Lucas vanished.
Glass was previously acquitted of child endangerment in an unassociated case including her then-1-year-old daughter. Prosecutors declare Glass smoked cannabis then drove the woman to a restaurant. This happened one day prior to Lucas was reported missing out on.
Court files filed in the endangerment case state Lucas was often seen with swellings and cuts, and as soon as with shiners. The document shows the state of Kansas was told a minimum of two times that Lucas was being mistreated and details the kid’s inefficient and violent domesticity.