Lucas Hernandez

Adrian Jones. Evan Brewer. Conner Hawes. Lucas Hernandez.

News coverage of those children’s deaths and others under the state’s watch galvanized public outrage over the past three years and drew more scrutiny to the troubled child welfare system in Kansas.

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Wichita police say that Emily Glass, questioned in the disappearance and death of 5-year-old Lucas Hernandez, was found dead early Friday morning.

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This story was updated at 3:19 p.m: 

The Sedgwick County Coroner’s Office has identified the body of 5-year-old Lucas Hernandez.

His identity was confirmed through an autopsy and dental records.

Lucas has been missing since Feb. 17. His disappearance led to numerous searches by police and community volunteers.

“No one likes to see a child disappear,” Ramsay said during a news briefing Friday. “As [Lucas’ disappearance] captured the community’s concerns and tugged at their heartstrings, it has tugged at ours and our staff’s as well.”