Law enforcement officers have suspended their search in southern Douglas County for 11-year-old Gannon Stauch, who went missing more than three weeks ago from his Colorado Springs home.
The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office has led an intensive search of a 35-acre area west of Larkspur that began on Feb. 12 and continued most days since then as officers sifted through deep snow for signs of Gannon.
“All I can say is, in the absence of search efforts any day, it does not mean we are not investigating this case with every resource available to us,” Jacqueline Kirby, sheriff’s spokeswoman, said Friday.
Hundreds of people are involved in solving the case of Gannon’s disappearance, she said. The number one priority of the sheriff’s office remains to find Gannon alive and return him to his family, Kirby said.
Deputies and other searchers have used forensic screens to sift through piles of snow for any evidence that could be tied to Gannon’s disappearance on Jan. 27, Kirby said. They have also been poking long thin poles into the snow as part of the search, she said.
All search efforts around HWY 105 have been suspended in the areas we were searching. Teams remain available as investigative leads direct search efforts. INFO: please call our Tip Line at 719-520-6666 or email us at Tips@elpasoco.com. #FindGannon #GannonStauch #Missing #Hopeful pic.twitter.com/lYK7xGJIvO
— EPCSheriff (@EPCSheriff) February 21, 2020
Gannon’s birth mom, Landen Hiott, spoke with an ABC News reporter Thursday about her son.
“The more time that goes by, if he did wander off, whatever happened, how can you … it’s snowing and you have them looking in snow and sifting through snow, you can’t help but have bad thoughts come in,” Hiott said during the interview.
“The only thing I can question is like, ‘Why? Why Gannon? Because he does not deserve this at all,” Hiott said. “I need my boy like, more than air, more than life.”
She said this is the longest time she hasn’t heard his voice. She keeps playing videos back and forth, of “‘Mommy, I love you,’” Hiott told ABC News.
Gannon’s stepmom, Letecia Stauch, said she last saw Gannon walking to a friend’s home on the afternoon of Jan. 27.
A neighbor, 49-year-old Roderrick Drayton, said his home surveillance video showed a female relative and Gannon get into a truck that Monday morning. When the woman returned home about four hours later, only she got out of the truck and went inside, Drayton told The Denver Post.
Stauch, in a written statement provided to Fox31, said that Gannon came home with her that day and she has proof that has been provided to detectives.
“Please don’t think for a second that there isn’t enough of technology to determine shadows and movement around the truck. There was also proof from my phone that we had taken a selfie in the truck in our driveway that was time stamped,” she wrote.