Gannon Stauch, 11, was reported missing by his stepmother, Letecia Stauch, in January 2020. Two months later, the boy’s body is found 1,400 miles away from his Colorado home, under a bridge in Pace, Florida. We now know Gannon Stauch was murdered in his bedroom by his stepmother, according to El Paso County police.
Letecia Stauch was the sole caregiver at the time of the boy’s disappearance and death. Gannon lived with his stepmother and his father near Colorado Springs; his biological mother lives in South Carolina.
Letecia Stauch has been charged with:
- Murder in the First-Degree (Child Under Twelve-Position of Trust §18-3-102(1)(f))
- Child Abuse Resulting in Death §18-6-401(1)(a), (7)(A)(I)
- Tampering with a Deceased Human Body, §18-8-610.5
- Tampering with Physical Evidence, §18-8-610(1)(a)
Recovered evidence supports a violent event that occurred in Gannon’s bedroom with blood spatter on the walls and blood that soaked through the carpet. Police say Gannon was shot in the jaw and stabbed more than 18 times.
Today, forensics expert and former death scene investigator Joseph Scott Morgan breaks down the evidence that could be used against Leticia Stauch.
[Feature Photo: Gannon Stauch/Handout; Letecia Stauch via KRDO-TV/The Gazette/ AP, Pool]