Little Lucas Hernandez has now been missing for more than 20 days after vanishing without a trace from his Wichita, Kansas, home. Local police have conducted exhaustive searches for the young boy and diligently continue to investigate his mysterious disappearance.
Authorities are currently following up on new leads and tips they receive and continue to work with the well-known search and rescue group Texas Equusearch to try to locate Lucas, reports The Wichita Eagle. Nevertheless, the report indicates that Equusearch temporarily placed Lucas' case on hold at the beginning of the week to work on another missing person case but are slated to return to the Wichita area to continue looking for the boy.
In the days following Lucas' disappearance, police searched a number of different parks in the region, including Chapin, Chisholm, Cottonwood, Dr. Glen Dey, and Harrison using divers, horses, canines, drones, and all-terrain vehicles, according to The Wichita Eagle. The report further notes that active park searches have been suspended for now.
Lucas was reported missing by his stepmother, Emily Glass, 26, on February 17, 2018, at around 6:15 p.m. She told police that she last saw the 5-year-old at about 3 p.m. in his bedroom before she took a shower and fell asleep, The Wichita Eagle reports.
An Amber Alert was not issued for Lucas because, according to police, there was no evidence that the boy had been abducted, reports The Wichita Eagle.