Gannon Stauch

Gannon Stauch: Search crew digs through snow as desperate search for missing Colorado boy continues

A crew was seen searching around Highway 105 and Highway 83 in El Paso County, Colorado, on Saturday, in connection to Gannon Stauch, an 11-year-old boy who vanished over a month ago.

FOX 21 reports that a group of searchers congregated at around 1 p.m. and combed through the area with shovels while walking shoulder to shoulder through grass and patches of snow.

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that that search was into connection to Gannon, who mysteriously disappeared on January 27. According to Gannon’s stepmother, Tecia Stauch, he left their home off of Mandan Drive in the Lorson Ranch neighborhood, near Colorado Springs, at some point between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Tecia Stauch said Gannon left on foot for a friend’s house. He hasn’t been seen since.

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No security cameras captured Gannon anywhere in the neighborhood on the afternoon of January 27. Neighbor Roderrick Drayton, however, told local media that his Xfinity security camera captured Gannon leaving home in a red Nissan pickup truck with his stepmother at around 10:15 a.m. that morning.

Drayton said Tecia Stauch returned home the same day at around 2:20 p.m., but Gannon was not with her.

Stauch told CrimeOnline that Gannon was with her when she arrived back home. She theorized Drayton may have shown footage of the wrong date.

Drayton said he showed the video Gannon’s father, who immediately broke down crying after watching it.

“He just broke down crying and said, ‘she lied. She lied about the time. He didn’t go to a friend’s house,’” Drayton told ABC 11.

Drayton added that investigators told him that the footage was the break that they needed. El Paso County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Jackie Kirby said the video is a small of a large investigation.

“This is just one piece in a very, very, very large puzzle,” spokeswoman Jackie Kirby told the outlet.

So far, police have not disclosed any publicly-known sightings since he disappeared. Authorities initially investigated security footage at the Kum & Go convenience store at Mesa Ridge Parkway after following a tip, but it turned out to be a false lead.

Gannon’s friends reportedly did not see him at all on Monday. According to Tecia Stauch, he missed school the day he disappeared.

Police listed Gannon as a runaway on January 27, but it was quickly changed to “endangered” and missing, given the weather, his age, and medication needs. Tecia Stauch told CrimeOnline that Gannon took ADHD medication and prescription medication for IBS issues.

Gannon’s biological mother, Landen Hiott, of South Carolina, arrived in Colorado on January 28, after learning of her son’s disappearance. She told ABC she’s absolutely confident that her son would not have run away.

“100% without a shadow of doubt, my boy would not run away…For it to be said that he has behavioral issues, and it to be blamed on him, that’s what makes me sick about this. … It is not Gannon’s fault. He is a child.”

“This is the longest time that I have not heard his voice, and the only thing I could do is just keep playing video’s back and forth of, ‘Mommy, I love you,’” Hiott added.

Watch the interview below.

El Paso County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson, Sgt. Deborah Mynatt previously told CrimeOnline that no one has been named a suspect in Gannon’s disappearance. She added that if they had any indication of abduction, however, they would have let the public know.

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.

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[Feature Photo: Gannon Stauch/Handout]