The missing turned murder case of Gannon Stauch has captivated the nation as people came together to search for him. Now we come together to await justice for Gannon Stauch and his family.
Since the case has both become high profile and has included alot of confusing twists and turns it deserved its own page here.
Additional Charges have been added after Letecia attempted to plan an escape from Jail. She now will be moved to mental health facility to be tested for competency before the trial can proceed. It could take up to 90 days.
Update March 2, 2020: Letecia Stauch has been arrested on suspicion of murder relating to the disappearance of Gannon Stauch. Gannon has been missing for almost 5 weeks and Law Enforcement has not yet recovered him alive or dead. She appeared in court on March 3, 2020 at 9 am and waived extradition to Colorado. She remains held on no bond. The Horry County Corrections Department released her at 2:33 pm on March 3, 2020. to be transported to Colorado.
This weeks featured missing is Gannon Stauch. He is an 11 year old boy, from the Lorsen Ranch area of Colordo Springs, CO. He is 4'9" tall and weighs about 90 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes and was last reported to be seen as his home on the 6000 block of Mandan Dr between 3:15 and 4:00 pm by his stepmother, Leticia Stauch. He was initially reported as a runaway on the evening of Monday January 27 2020. As of January 30, 2020 they had updated the status to an endangered missing child. It is said this was done due to medication he should be taking.
Here is what we know so far. Gannon was last seen by his friends at school on Friday January 24, 2020. He did not attend school after this date.
On Sunday Januaty 26, 2020 the last known, non-family sighting of Gannon was reported to be by a neighbor in the morning. It was reported by the stepmother, Letecia Stauch, that she took Gannon and a younger sister hiking at The Garden of Gods, having Burger King after. There are photos of Gannon on this hike. These can be seen in the case files for this case.
On Sunday in the evening Gannon knocked over a candle and damaged the carpet. there are Apple Watch text messages that show when Leticia told Albert about the carpet on Sunday at about 10:30 pm. Leticia would later post a video taken Sunday night of her questioning a sobbing Gannon about the candle.
On Monday January 27, 2020 Gannon did not attend school. Letecia Stauch said he had stayed home sick. She then decribes him as leaving the home between 3:15 and 4:00 pm to walk to a friends house just down the road, however, she does not the name of the friend. She claims she was in the basement at this time, working out with headphones on. This is the last time anyone is reporting to have had any interaction with Gannon. It has been said that on this day a search was done on Gannon's phone, for "can my parents find me if my phone is off". Gannon did not take his phone when he reportedly left. Neighbors were asked to look at security and ring doorbell footage, nobudy reported having had any footage of him leaving during this time frame on this day.
We now know that a neighbor, who was further reviewing his footage found footage of Letecia Stauch and Gannon, entering the families red truck at 10:13 am on Monday January 27. The truck returns at 2:15 pm with only Letecia inside. This video calls into question the timeline provided by Letecia Stauch.
We also know that during this time seh was out on Monday, Leticia made 2 stops at a Petco, 15 miles from her home. The first time she was there around 11:something and she purchased 3 dog coats. It was noticed by the cashier that she kept going to the windows and looking out, to where she was parked.
The second Petco trip was to the same Petco, and it is unknown what she purchased at this time. Gannon was not with her inside of the store either time. There were closer Petco locations to their home.
At about 8:45 pm the first known report of him being missing was made in the form of a Facebook post in a neighborhood group made by a neighbor, after getting a text from Gannon's father asking if they had seen him. Gannon's father Albert Stauch was away at National Guard Training.
After the post was made, A report was made to Law Enforcement. Police arrived and searched the home, along with the garage. No sign of Gannon was found. He was initially reported as a runaway. This was later changed to an endangered missing child.
On Tuesday January 28, 2020 Gannons dad, Albert Stauch and Gannons Mom, Landen Hiott arrived in Colorado Springs. Albert Stauch was returning on an emergency flight from his training and Landen Hiott arrived in from her home in South Carolina.
On Wednesday January 29 2020 a Crime Scene Investigation team spent 12 plus hours at the home. This was confirmed by photos and videos posted by neighbors, some of which can be found in the case files for this case. Authorities ask the public's for help in finding Gannon.
On Thursday January 30, 2020 they changed the designation for the case from a runaway to an endangered missing. Law enforcement explained this was due to weather, his age, and medications he was on at the time he went missing.
Gannon's parents, speak during a news conference and express their grief, hope and ask that everyone keep a look out for Gannon.
On Friday January 31, 2020 Law Enforcement announced they are working with 11 different agencies to find Gannon Stauch. His stepmother does an interview with a local reporter. This interview is linked in the case files. She mainly speaks about how she has been treated and briefly brings her daughter on camera to say that Gannon was home when she got home from work. She appears to be leading the daughter to give this answer.
Interestingly on Sunday February 1, 2020 is when the story as covered on National headlines. Gannon has at this point been missing for 6 days.
On this day the Search Command Post was also moved about 10 miles. It was stated that "there's information we have received that we need to search a different area".
On Monday February 3, 2020 Crime Scene Investigation vans were again seen at the home, and people were seen carrying bagged evidence out. There is photo evidence of this posted by neighbors online. some of which can be seen in the case files for this case.
It also came to light that a neighbor, Roderrick Drayton, turned in some surveillance video to police from his home. He had gone over it again one night when he could not sleep. It has not yet been released what was on the video, just that Gannon's father has seen it and broke down, and that police are calling it the "break they needed". The neighbor was asked by police, not to show it publicly but he did share some still that show where his camera points. These stills were from nighttime footage.
On February 4, 2020 information was reported by abc 11, in regards to the neighbors security video footage. They reported that Letecia Stauch was seen on the video enter a red truck with Gannon at about 10:15 am and leave. She returns about 4 hours later without Gannon. If this account of the footage is true it calls her timeline into question as she has stated he left the house at 3:15-4:00 to walk to the friends home.
A press conference was held to adress the video. It can be found on our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/smalltownmystery/
This case will update daily as new things are reported.
Where is Gannon Stauch? If you have any information to assist in the investigation please contact the El Paso County Sheriffs office at 1-719-520-6666.
Crime Scene investigators have returned to the home, along with Dana May, the District Attorney. There is a lot of social media talk of an arrest however El Paso Officials have said there is no one currently in custody. Gannon remains missing and they continue to ask people to keep an eye for him.
El Paso Authorities continue to search for Gannon, there have been about 350 tips to date, numerous searches, and still no sign of Gannon.
Social media continues to play a role in the case, just this morning, Tee Stauch was actively posting and included a video taken the night of the candle incident. (Its said by her it was accidental). It has been 13 days and the searches are winding down, will they find Gannon Stauch? This case has eerie similarities to another famous case, Kyron Horman, who's family still seeks clos
Pictured here is Gannon Stauch, from Colorado Springs CO in El Paso County, reported missing on January 27, 2020.
His last known non-family sighting was the morning of Sunday January 26, 2020.
Letecia, Gannon, and his 8 year old sister go hiking at Garden of the Gods. This is a common activity they do together as evidenced by past photos posted on Letecia's now defunct Facebook Page. - 2 photos of Gannon hiking that day at Garden of the Gods are posted below in the Gallery.
On January 25, 2020 Google Searches were made on Leteicia's phone for the folllowing:
find real military singles
parenting should be 4 people not one
Im over doing all the work for my stepkids amd their mom doesnt help
mom advice from stepmom
If you aren't involved it your kids life you are shitty
my husbands ex wife does nothing for her iids
I wonder if my husbands ex wife is sending me a card since I raise her kids
I wonder if my husbands ex wife is sending me a valentines card since i raise her kids
I wonder if my husbands ex wife is sending me a valentines card since i raise her kids (she searched this twice)
one day some people will wish they treated you differently
one day some people will wish they treated you differently (she searched this twice)
why should my husband choose me over family
find me a rich guy who wants me to take care of his kids
find a guy who wants me to take care of his kids and get paid
This is the day of the infamous candle incident. Letecia claims Gannon knocked over a candle and burned the carpet. She made several searches related to smoke and later posted a video from that night of her yelling at him. This video is posted below. It was originally posted by Letecia on her Facebook page.
Later on she would claim that She met Eguardo on this day at a nearby construction site and hired him to fix the burned carpet. (authorities believe the Eguardo story to be a lie told by Letecia)
On January 26 the following google searches were made from Letecia's phone:
its crappy some parents dont care for their kids or buy them presents
parents are those who put their kids before their nails
parents are those who put their kids before their nails (she searched this twice)
It is suspected Gannon perished on this date. The timeline is put together from media reports, and the now released Arrest Affidavit for Letecia Stauch. The arrest affidavit can be downloaded and read below.
4:37 a.m. - Letecia calls into work stating that her stepfather had been hit and killed by a car. (this story is half true as her stepfather had been hit and killed by a car but it had happened many years earlier)
8:13 a.m. - 8:17 a.m. - Letecia takes photos of Gannon sleeping in his bed in his bedroom with her Iphone.
9:56 a.m. - Letecias Iphone goes to a locked status (it does not unlock again untill 2:45 p.m.)
10:16 a.m. - Letecia is seen on a neighbors security camera backing the red Nissan Frontier into the driveway. Letecia And Gannon are seen leaving in the red Nissan Frontier. Gannon is sitting in the back seat. You can watch the neighbors security video below.
10:37 a.m. - Text message sent to Letecia's daughter from Gannon's phone, stating "Tecia left her phone at home if you need her txt me."
11:22 a.m. Letecia makes a purchase at Petco on N. Nevada Ave. She purchases 3 dog coats. She is alone inside the store but is noticed by workers to be looking out the front window twords where she would have been parked.
12:06 p.m. - Al Stauch sends text message to Gannon's phone - "Hey Buddy"
1:21 p.m . - Gannon's phone responds to a test from the phone of Al Stauch - "Can I play Zelda at least" Al responds with - "Not Today"
1:22 p.m. - Letecia makes a second purchase at Petco on N. Nevada Ave. She is alone in the store.
1:43 p.m. - Gannon's phone searched - "Can my parent find my sell phone if it's off" (authorities believe Letecia made this search)
2:19 pm. - Letecia and Gannon return home, (this is the first movement detected by the ADT security sensors inside the home since 10:16 am) Letecia's daughter is at work and Gannon's sister is at school at this time.
2:45 p.m. - Letecias iphone is ynlocked.
3:15 pm. - Letecia makes claims this is the last time she saw Gannon as he was leaving the home to go play with friends. She claims he was told to return by 6pm. When Gannon's stister returns home from school she is told that Gannon is sleeping and is sent outside to play.
3:30 - 3:42 - Security video in the neighborhood shows Gannon's sister outside riding her bike.
3:31 - 4:20 p m - Several text messages between Letecia and Al Stauch and Letecia and her daughter.
3:55 p.m. - Al Stauch texts Gannon's phone - "Hey Buddy" - the text is not seen until 7:40 p.m. (it is believed by officials Gannon was already deceased at this time.
4:42 p.m. - Letecia's daughter arrives home from work where she had been since about 830 am that day. She picks up Gannon's sister in her white Jetta and they leave.
4:52 pm - Letecia send a text message to her daughter that reads "carpet powder 2 things, baking soda, trash bags"
5:14 pm. - a receipt shows the purchase of trash bags, baking soda, vinegar and other items at a local dollar store. The receipt was later found in Letecia's car.
6:55 p.m. - :Letecia calls 911 to report Gannon missing.
10:09 pm - deputies respond to the home and are unable to locate Gannon Stauch. Letecia reports him as a runaway. At this time deputies noticed Letecia's car, a Volkswagen Tiguan was backed into the garage. Deputies did enter Gannon's bedroom and noticed nothing alarming at the time. (later the body cam footage would be compared to photos taken in the room earlier in the day and it would be noticed the sheets on the bed were different and the bed appeared to be moved away from the wall)
On Monday January 27, 2020 the following google searches were made from Letecia's phone:
my son burned the carpet how do I fix it
will humidifier help if exposed to smoke
smoke effects will humidifier help
smoke from fire effects will humidifier help
colorado law for kid staying at home
school is out, is it ok for my kid to stay home alone?
son is sick but i have to go to work
son sick can he stay home
suede repair kit for sofa
el paso sheriffs office number
5:14 am - Letecia has a text conversation with a babysitter concerning Gannon being missing.
8:30 am - Letecia rents a 2019 Kia Rio from the Avis Car rental near the airport in Colorado Springs. She tells Al it is so that they can search for Gannon in a car he won't recognize. (the budget rental reciept can be seem in the case files gallery below)
8:48 am - Letecia texts her daughter to pull her car (a white Volkswagen Jetta) into the garage.
8:50 am. - Letecia picks up Al Stauch at COS Airport, they stop at King Sooper's, Wendys, and then head back to their home in Lorsen Ranch. Al is returning from training with the National Guard.
12:57 pm - Leteica searches from her phone - "Can Nintendo find my switch"
4:04-4:17 pm - Officials ask Letecia Stauch for Gannon's toothbrush so they can have his DNA to assist with their investigation.
4:19 pm - Letecia Texts Al Stauch
LS - "They are asking for our sons toothbrush but said nothing is wrong"
AS- "Who, The police?"
LS- "Yes they asked for toothbrushes"
AS- " Hmm, what do you think they are hiding?"
7:00 pm - Letecia picks up her Volkswagen Tiguan that she left earlier in the morning at COS airport short term parking lot. A receipt timestamped 7:02 shows Letecia leaving the COS Airport in the Tiguan.
Between 7:02 pm to 12:00 am - This is when investigators believe Letecia used the Tiguan to rid herself of the remains of Gannon Stauch.
Between 8:30 pm and 10:20 pm - The tiguan onboard data showed it was in the area of Hwy 105/Perry Park Road in Douglas County Colorado. AT 9:16 pm the car drives into a rural area nea4r highway 105 and leves that rural area at 9:28 pm - It is noted that authorities believe Letecia's daughter was at the Lorsen Ranch home at this time (her cellular phone placed her there)
10:26 pm - Letecia's daughter leavees the Lorsen ranc home and picks up Letecia near Powers and Carefree
10:45 pm - Letecia texts investigators with the following statement:
"What do you want from me? Because I have nothing. One of your very own leaked to me what you guys were doing. I did nothing / or am being set up. I'm not really even sure other that being told that by another blue with El Paso. I was told I couldn't go home to sleep and on top of that men were sent to a home with a minor female and she was forced to stay there not to even have good. Every conversation that said even at this moment I can hear inside. What do you want from me?"
Detective Bethel responded with: "Come talk to me. I would just like information to find Gannon."
On Tuesday January 28, 2020 The following google searches were made from Letecia's phone:
what is the process for our runaway child
police steps for runaway
police steps for our missing child
todays flight okc to cos
can nintendo find my switch
car net Volkswagen
they are asking for our sons toothbrush but say nothing is wrong
9:00 am - The rented Kia Rio is returned. Letecia was picked up by the white Jetta, it is assumed by her daughter who owned the Jetta.
11:30 a.m. - Security video catches the Volkswagen Tiguan belonging to Letecia Stauch at the car wash with what could be blood on the back bumper of the car.
12:00 p.m. - Letecia arrives for an interview with El Paso detectives, she is 2 hours late.
She brought to the interview several pages of notes. Her car was noticed to be wet.
During the interview Leteica made several claims:
She was held at gunpoint and raped by a Hispanic male named Eguardo and Gannon was abducted by this man after the attack
Claims Eguardo was in basement when they returned on the 27th which allowed her to see Gannon's sister after she returned from school.
Claims the rape happened between the hours of 3:30 pm and 4:30 p.m.
Claims she may have blacked out after hitting her head
Claims Gannon jumped on the back of the attacker
Claims that the attacker threw Gannon across the room then held him at gunpoint and demanded a suitcase and a cardboard box.
Claims she then cleaned up the area of the attack.
She was then offered a rape exam, which she turned down.
Her phone is then siezed.
At the end of the interview Leteica stuffs tissues down her pants while claiming shortness of breath and chest pains. She is transported to a hospital and leaves the hospital without telling investigators.
Her Volkswagen Tiguan is seized.
She was then picked up by someone unknown and was seen meeting up with her daughter several miles away.
On this date but at unknown times:
Investigators find carpet brushes in the dishwasher at the Stauch home. They have suspected carpet fibers on them.
Investigators located an empty gallon of vinegar
Letecia rents a 2020 Nissan Ultima, Investigators placed a GPS tracking device on the rental car.
2:14 p.m. - Leteica Stauch texts a woman named Nichole, believed to possibly be the owner of the rental home. "When we came back inside from the smoke there was blood on both of us. I didn't know what to do. I was scared I would get (unknown word) out about it and I don't know if he should go to the doctor. I kept trying to add the candle thing but Albert kept saying it was small and minor. I was scared the basement was smoky and when I threw the cover everything we both had blood.
You don't understand how it is to be a stepmom."
4:16 pm thru 5:13 pm - Letecia goes back to Douglas County (in the rented Nissan Ultima) near Hwy 105/Perry Park Road.
Investigators believe she went back to ensure Gannon's remains could not be seen near the road and that evidence of his body had been covered up.
Detectives find possible traces of blood on the rear of the Tiguan, a rear passenger seat, a front passenger seat, and in the area near the glove box.
The investigation continued over the next few weeks. Here are some key things that happened:
Detectives continue to search the Stauch home. Blue Star was used and found the presence of blood in Gannon's bedroom, the hallway leading to the utility room, the utility room, the staircase leading upstairs, pathway to the garage and inside the garage.
The blood in Gannon's room had seeped though the carpet, the carpet pad, and stained the concrete below. Blood spatter and stains were also located on the wall in this area. Fifty droplets of blood were found on the wall near Gannon's bed. Gannon's mattress had a red stain. Suspected blood was found behind a electrical socket next to Gannon's bed.
Experts say the blood spatter was caused by either a gunshot, stabbing or blunt force.
On the 12th of February investigators began to hone in and really focus on the search efforts in Douglas County.
Investigators begin to monitor the phone calls between Letecia Stauch and her then husband Al Stauch.
Letecia on this date stated that Gannon was burned with a candle to the point his skin bubbled, and Gannon peeled the scabs and wiped the blood on the wall in his bedroom.
Al had not asked Letecia about the blood at this time. She offered this up unprompted.
Phone calls between Letecia Stauch and Al Stauch show that she continued to change the stories she has told about what happened that day. 4 more stories came to light.
1. That when the El Paso Sheriff came to the house to take the runaway report the attacker was still in the house and she tried to tell them he was there. El Paso did check the home and no persons were located.
2. She was raped by Quincy Brown at the home and after the attack he abducted Gannon. She claims she saw a paper with his name on it that fell out of his pocket and that is how she knows who he is. She sent a photo of Quincy Brown with the text to Al Stauch.
3. Quincy followed her home from the Petco on N Nevada Ave. She claims he was lying in the roadway in front of her and she stopped to avoid hitting him at which time he jumped into her car and abducted her making her take him to the Lorsen Ranch home.
4. The last claim made on this date is that Letecia and Gannon were in the area of County Line Rd and Hwy 105 in N EL Paso county and Gannon was riding his bike. She claims he fell, hit his head, and was then abducted by Quincy Brown who was being driven by a mystery man named Terrance.
She tells investigators that searches in the area of Hey 105 would be "futile"
It should be noted that Quincy Brown is one of the Most wanted fugitives in that area and his photo had recently been shown in a lineup of Pike's peak most wanted fugitives.
Investigators continue the search near highway 105/Perry Park Road.
A piece of particle board with a blood stain was found. The blood profile later matched Gannon Stauch.
It is believe the particle board was used while she disposed of Gannon's remains in the area.
Letecia tells investigators that she told the story about Gannon falling off his bike to Al because " she thought that's what he wanted to hear"
She also tells Al that the blood in Gannon's room is a combination of hers and Gannon's. That the attacker raped both her and Gannon in that room and also that the attacker was still there when El Paso Authorities arrived the day of the alleged attack.
On Sunday February 16, Letecia would admit to Teela Cummings that she gave false stories to Al Stauch because she knows he won't believe anything she says anyways.
1:52 p.m. - Letecia speaks with Laura Anernathy and states she is considering flying to Colorado and take a lie detector test to prove she is innocent. She also states that "they think I am still in Colorado" (Its assumed the they she speaks of refers to investigators)
4:11 p.m. Letecia tells an unknown person that she is going to take a lie detector test, however law enforcement wont be there and it wont be admissible in a court of law.
10:14 a.m. - Letecia calls phone number 321-247-6876. This phone number was found to be for fakepolygraph.com
She tells the customer service representative that she never received confirmation for a test that she paid for, the rep stated he would send her an email regarding her issue.
11:16 a.m. Letecia calls back asking about the email that was supposed to be sent to her. She is told that her report was blocked by management because of the questions that she provided. He stated that any tests that involve illegal activities the company reserves the right to not send it.
Detectives were able to obtain the questions that she had asked for from fakepolygraph.com
1. Do you intend to answer these questions regarding your stepson truthfully? YES
2. Is your birthday August 4, 1983? YES
3. Did you participate in any way in causing harm to your stepson? NO
4. Did your stepson return with you to your home? YES
5. Did you participate in any way in causing the death of your stepson? NO
It should be noted that at this time Gannon was still missing. His remains had not yet been found nor had authorities announced any suspicion of death.
Judge Rafolo in Colorado signs a warrant for the arrest of Letecia Stauch.
Letecia Stauch is arrested in South Carolina.
The remains of a young boy were found in a suitcase off a bridge located in Pace Florida.
Those remains have been tentatively identified as Gannon Stauch.
Neighbor Roderick Drayton's security video from the Day of January 27, 2020
Full Press Conference Announcing the arrest of Letecia Stauch on the following charges:
Murder in the 1st degree of a child under 12 by a person in a position of power;
Child abuse resulting in death
Tampering with a deceased human body
Tampering with evidence
March 3, 2020. Letecia Stauch attends her first court hearing regarding extradition to Colorado. She did not have an attorney present. She remains held on no bond and waived extradition. Colorado has 20 days to come and get her from South Carolina.
Letecia Stauch appears in court after her extradition from South Carolina on March 5, 2020.
Advisement hearing of March 11, 2020
A photo of Gannon Stauch said to be taken at The Garden Of The Gods on Sunday January 26, 2020 while hiking with his stepmother and younger sister.
A photo of Gannon Stauch said to be taken at The Garden Of The Gods on Sunday January 26, 2020 while hiking with his stepmother and younger sister.
The missing poster being circulated online for Gannon Stauch.
Investigators removed bagged evidence from the home where Gannon lives with his father Albert Stauch and his stepmother Letecia Stauch.
Photo Credit: Fox 31
Social Media post by El Paso Officials regarding the speculation and reports of an arrest on 2-5-2020.
Gannon remains missing.
Believed to be the last known photo taken of Gannon Stauch, age 11, before he became missing.
A public post made by Leticia Stauch on her facebook page on 2-9-2020.
The day after Gannon was reported missing Tee Stauch rented a car and kept it for just over a day. She traveled 955 miles.
Letecia Stauch's booking photo at the J Reuben Long Detention Center in South