An 11-year-old Colorado who disappeared Monday afternoon is still missing. Authorities have upgraded his status to “endangered” and are hoping for the public’s help.
During a Thursday night press conference, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office declined to say whether they thought foul play was involved in the disappearance of Gannon Stauch. The little boy was last seen Monday afternoon, at around 3 p.m. or 4 p.m., at his residence off of Mandan Drive in the Lorson Ranch neighborhood, near Colorado Springs.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Gannon’s stepmother reportedly told police he left to play with friends and never returned home. His father, Al Stauch, said that it was not like his son to walk off. The boy does not have a history of running away.
“He’s not really the type just to walk off…told my wife he was going to play and then…haven’t seen him since.”
— EPCSheriff (@EPCSheriff) January 29, 2020
Stauch added that within a few hours of Gannon leaving, his wife knew something was wrong when the boy didn’t return home. Gannon reportedly didn’t tell his stepmother which friend’s house he was going to.
Stauch and the boy’s biological mother, Landon, spoke through tears at Thursday’s press release, pleading for the safe return of Gannon. Landon said her son was born prematurely with a small chance of survival. Despite the odds, Gannon pulled through and is now a gifted student, according to his mother.
“My son is a very loving kid, he wouldn’t harm anybody,” Landon said. ”Why is this happening to him?”
“My kid has a purpose and my kid has a life…Gannon, bubba, little man, mommy’s hero, wherever you are at, we’re here for you. We’re begging for you to come home, I can’t wait until you’re found.“
Gannon’s stepmother did not speak at the press conference.
Missing 11-year-old Gannon Stauch is now considered an missing endangered child "based on evidence collected so far" by the the El Paso County Sheriff's Office. The boy has been missing since Monday. STORY: https://bit.ly/2U2Cmqm
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Authorities said that despite rumors, there are no active searches for Gannon at any landfills. They also implored the public to stop spreading unconfirmed hearsay on social media, which has apparently taken away time from the investigation.
Major Crimes detectives with the El Paso SO have taken over the case, according to FOX 12, but at this point, police said they have no evidence of foul play. Gauch, who is a member of the National Guard, is also helping with the search.
“This case was referred to Major Crimes for their ability to gather information and use great focus with their investigative training,” the sheriff’s office stated.
“Any information may prove valuable in solving the case and could consist of things as simple as anyone remembering suspicious vehicles or people they saw in or around the area on the date of this incident.”
Gannon is described as a white male who stands 4-feet-9-inches tall and weighs around 90 pounds. He has brown eyes and brown hair. He was last seen wearing a blue hooded jacket, jeans, and athletic shoes.
Anyone with any information on Gannon’s whereabouts is urged to contact the El Paso SO’s “Investigations Tip Line” at 719-520-6666. or the El Paso County SO 719-390-5555.
“He’s just kind and tenderhearted…just hoping he’s all right out there you know? Hoping we can find him soon,” Stauch said.
The story is developing. Check back for updates.
[Feature Photo: Gannon Stauch/El Paso County Sheriff’s Office]