Letecia Stauch Arrested for Murder of Stepson Gannon Stauch

Updated on March 6, 2020
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Kym L. Pasqualini is the founder and former CEO of Nation's Missing Children Organization and National Center for Missing Adults.

Letecia Stauch was arrested March 2, 2020, on first degree murder in the disappearance of her stepson Gannon Stauch.
Letecia Stauch was arrested March 2, 2020, on first degree murder in the disappearance of her stepson Gannon Stauch.

Letecia “Tecia” Stauch, 36, has been arrested on first-degree murder charges in the disappearance of her stepson Gannon Stauch, who vanished from Colorado Springs, Colorado, in January. It has been nearly five weeks since Gannon was reported missing.

El Paso County, Colorado, Sheriff Bill Elder with the family of Gannon Stauch at press conference announcing the arrest of Gannon’s stepmother, Letecia Stauch.
El Paso County, Colorado, Sheriff Bill Elder with the family of Gannon Stauch at press conference announcing the arrest of Gannon’s stepmother, Letecia Stauch.

At a press conference, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest occurred on the morning of March 2, 2020, in Horry County, South Carolina. El Paso County Sheriff’s Office detectives, FBI agents, and members of the El Paso County 4th Judicial District Attorney’s Office made the arrest of Letecia Stauch without incident.

Letecia is being charged with murder in the first degree of a child under 12, child abuse resulting in death, a charge of tampering with a deceased body, and tampering with physical evidence. She is currently awaiting extradition back to El Paso County, Colorado.

During her court appearance on March 3, 2020, Letecia acted confused and said she did not have an opportunity to consult with an attorney.

"Well, I've still never been given the opportunity to, like, since the beginning to even call my attorney and even talk to him about any of these things," she told the judge.

Judge Clifford Welsh was not phased by her comments and proceeded with the hearing. Letecia waived her right to an extradition hearing and according to Judge Welsh, Colorado has 20 days to bring her back to face charges.

Gannon Stauch was reported missing by his stepmother Letecia Stauch on January 27, 2020 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Gannon Stauch was reported missing by his stepmother Letecia Stauch on January 27, 2020 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Gannon, 11, was reported missing by Letecia on January 27, 2020. Letecia told police Gannon had gone to a friend’s home in the Lorson Ranch neighborhood in Colorado Springs and failed to return.

Initially, authorities called Gannon a runaway when they first asked the public to help find the little boy. But the sheriff’s office announced January 30, that Gannon was considered a missing endangered child because of his age, the time he had been gone, and his reliance on medication.

During the press conference, investigators said they believe Gannon is no longer alive but they have yet to locate his body. They reiterated search efforts to locate Gannon’s remains would continue.

Landen Hiott made an emotional statement after being told her son was likely deceased and stepmom Letecia Stauch was arrested for his murder.
Landen Hiott made an emotional statement after being told her son was likely deceased and stepmom Letecia Stauch was arrested for his murder.

At the press conference, Gannon's mother spoke. “Today I got the worst news and the best news,” said Gannon’s biological mother Landen Hiott had been holding out hope her son was still alive. “Obviously we know what the worst news is. The best news is that justice will be served. And I’ll make sure that justice is served because my boy did not deserve any of this that happened.”

Authorities said the affidavit has been sealed and they remain tight-lipped on the evidence that led them to arrest Letecia.

“Just hold on to questions until we know that this person, this stepmom that I even trusted, that she will pay 100 percent for this heinous thing she done,” said Landen. “And I know that’s what will be done.”

Al Stauch breaks down during the press conference announcing the arrest of his wife Letecia Stauch for the murder of his son Gannon.
Al Stauch breaks down during the press conference announcing the arrest of his wife Letecia Stauch for the murder of his son Gannon.

Al Stauch, Gannon’s father, did not speak at the press conference, but a sheriff’s department spokesperson held back tears and her voice cracked while reading Al’s statement.

“The person who committed this heinous horrible crime is the one that I gave more to than anyone else on this planet and that is a burden that I will carry with me for a very long time,” Al said.

He wrote that his heart stopped two times since Gannon was born. First, on the day that Gannon was born on September 29, 2008, weighing only one pound six ounces . . . and his heart stopped again on March 2, 2020, when he learned his little boy would never be coming home.

“I’d been looking forward to his teenage years, and the fun we had ahead of us as he became a young man,” Al said. “My little boy is not coming home. We will never play Nintendo again. No more Taco Tuesdays. No more smooth looking haircuts. No more “Big Bubba” for my Lana. And no more G Man for the world.”

Searchers from the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office search for Gannon Stauch’s body with probes and shovels.
Searchers from the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office search for Gannon Stauch’s body with probes and shovels.

“While we have not yet found Gannon, information has been developed that is helping us narrow our search, said Lieutenant Mitch Mihalko of the sheriff’s office.

Since Gannon vanished, crews have been scouring dozens of acres of southern Douglas County, in search of the missing boy’s body.

“As you can see from the arrest sadly, we do not believe Gannon is alive. Our work is just beginning, and you will continue to see many law enforcement officials in El Paso County over the coming weeks and possibly months as we continue our relentless pursuit of justice for Gannon and his family.”

Letecia Stauch arrested for her stepson’s murder on March 2, 2020.
Letecia Stauch arrested for her stepson’s murder on March 2, 2020.

Prior to the arrest, Letecia had been obsessively posting on various social media sites. Instead of posting appeals to help find Gannon, she was professing her innocence and offering explanations as to what happened to Gannon, even developing a timeline she posted on Facebook.

Letecia claimed she was being harassed online and should be offered an apology from everyone who suspected she could have ever hurt her stepson. However, Gannon’s family has continuously urged the public to call in with any information to contact law enforcement so that they may be able to give Gannon a proper burial.

“I know where my son’s at without a shadow of a doubt, said Landen. “I want to leave this earth knowing justice was served for my boy.”

Prosecutors and the sheriff’s office are still asking for information from the public to help bring their promise for justice to fruition.

“One, we still want to bring Gannon home so that he can have a proper burial and his family can get the closure they need,” said Deputy District Attorney Michael Allen. “But we also want to hold the person we are charging, Letecia Stauch accountable for what she did.”

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Gannon Stauch, please call the El Paso County Sheriff at 719-520-6666 or email tips@elpaso.com

© 2020 Kym L Pasqualini

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