Authorities continue their search for 11-year-old Colorado boy, Gannon Stauch, who disappeared last week. Based on tips, they’ve moved their command post around 10 miles north of the boy’s home.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Tecia Stauch, Gannon’s stepmother, told police she last saw him on January 27 at their home off of Mandan Drive in the Lorson Ranch neighborhood, near Colorado Springs.
Tecia Stauch told police that Gannon never returned home Monday after walking to a friend’s home between 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. So far, none of his friends in the neighborhood have indicated that they saw Gannon that day. Gannon was also reportedly not at school on the day he vanished.
El Paso County Sheriff’s deputies previously focused search efforts on the Lorson Ranch area, located around 18 miles south of Colorado Springs. Sheriff’s Sgt. Deborah Mynatt confirmed that tips have led authorities to narrow down the search to specific areas.
Colorado Springs and Fountain Police Departments have joined in the search efforts, as well as the FBI Child Abduction Rapid Deployment team.
UPDATE: Seven days after his disappearance, a Metro Crime Lab team spent hours at 11-year-old Gannon Stauch’s home today. They went in with gloves and tools and left with several evidence bags. Have live reports with exclusive details about a new piece of evidence at 4@5 on @KDVR pic.twitter.com/M5a6ihNDxQ
— Nicole Fierro (@FierroNicole) February 3, 2020
Meanwhile, a Metro Crime Lab team arrived at the Stauch residence on Monday afternoon and spent several hours inside. According to Nicole Fierro with KDVR, the team entered the house with “with gloves and tools and left with several evidence bags.” It’s unclear at this time what items of interest were taken from the home.
Gannon’s father, Al Stauch, who was out of town working when his son vanished, said that it was not like Gannon to walk off. Gannon does not have a history of running away.
Reportedly, Tecia did not know which friend’s house the boy went to on Monday, according to Al Stauch, who said his wife told him that Gannon didn’t specify which friend he wanted to visit, NBC 5 reports. The stepmother said she couldn’t comment on the details of the case at this time.
On Friday, Tecia Stauch slammed the El Paso Police Department, claiming they pointed a gun at her and wouldn’t let her contact an attorney. She also claimed that she received death threats online and hopes for an apology once the boy is found. She indicated that she has taken care of Gannon for the past two years.
“My husband’s ex-wife is living in our home,” the woman complained. “I took care of Gannon for the last two years in our home because his mother didn’t want to do it…OK, and I would never, ever hurt this child.”
Tecia Stauch also explained that on January 26, she took Gannon and his younger sister hiking at the Garden of the Gods Park. Afterward, they stopped by to eat at Burger King, she said during an interview with CBS 11 on Friday afternoon.
Gannon’s mother, Landon, recently flew to Colorado from her home in South Carolina to help search for Gannon. She’s apparently staying in the area while the search continues.
During a press conference last week, Landon spoke through tears while pleading for her son’s safe return. Landon said the boy 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.”
Major Crimes detectives with the El Paso SO have taken over the case, according to FOX 12, with the assistance of the FBI. Al 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,” Al Stauch said.
The story is developing. Check back for updates.
[Feature Photo: Gannon Stauch/El Paso County Sheriff’s Office]