WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) It’s been more than three 3 weeks since 5-year-old Lucas Hernandez disappeared but searchers say they’re not giving up.
Volunteer searchers were out on Sunday following up on tips and using dogs.
“The more focus we can put on Lucas, the better. We just cannot let him slip through the cracks.”
They won’t stop until he’s found. That’s the idea pushing about 20 or so searchers Sunday as they continue to push for answers in Lucas Hernandez’s disappearance.
“We’re giving this little boy a voice. And all of these people coming around is making that voice bigger and bigger and bigger and we need to shine a really big light on him,” says Julie Laforce.
Laforce is just one of the searchers on foot Sunday but she says the most important searcher is on four feet.
“Since it’s so cold out here, all of our noses are running, that cadaver dog is gonna have a much better scent than we are right now.”
The dog, Laforce says, is helping them search for clues or signs of Lucas. In the meantime, she’s also helping set up a reward fund for information leading to the 5-year-old.
“God forbid if Lucas isn’t found safe, this reward that we’re putting the money in towards can go to a memorial or we can set up a scholarship in his name. Anything we can do. But we are not there yet. We still have hope.”
Searchers say within the past week, they’ve found a towel that appeared to have blood on it and turned it over to police. No word from police on if that towel is connected to Lucas’s case.
A special Texas search team is returning to Wichita to continue their search for missing five-year-old Lucas Hernandez.
Texas EquuSearch temporarily suspended their search on March 6 after receiving credible information on another case that needed immediate attention.
The team’s founder Tim Miller told Eyewitness News that Equusearch will return Monday morning to follow up on new information provided by detectives.
Miller couldn’t disclose the location the team would be searching.
The family of Lucas Hernandez recently added a reward for the little boy’s safe return. According to the Facebook for Kansas Missing and Unsolved, the reward is $8,800.
It’s been three weeks since Lucas disappeared from his home near Lincoln and Edgemoor on Feb. 17.
Police, search groups and community members have not uncovered any signs in the search for the boy despite continued efforts.
On March 8, a vigil was held outside the boy’s home on S. Edgemoor. Several dozen people gathered holding candles and signs.
Another public search is organized for Sunday near 29th an Oliver. Volunteers are to meet in Rainbows parking lot.
If you have seen Lucas since his disappearance or know where he might be, you’re asked to call the Wichita, Kansas Police Department at (316) 268-4111 – or call Texas EquuSearch at (281) 309-9500.