Human remains found in Pace, Florida, on Wednesday identified as missing 11-year-old Gannon Stauch whose stepmother has been charged with his murder
Autopsy performed on body ‘tentatively identified’ victim as Gannon Stauch Gannon Stauch, went missing from Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Jan 27
His stepmother Letecia Stauch, 36, was arrested in South Carolina on March 2 and was later extradited back to Colorado to face murder charges
She faces charges of murder of a child under 12 years of age by a person in a position of trust, child abuse resulting in death and tampering with a dead body
Letecia Stauch originally told investigators that she last saw her stepson between 3.15pm and 4pm on Jan 27, she said at the time that he was heading to a friend’s house in Colorado Springs
Gannon was originally reported as a runaway, before his case was upgraded to that of a missing/endangered person – on the day of Letecia’s arrest in South Carolina, cops said they no longer believed he is alive
Suspected child killer Letecia Stauch makes her first appearance in El Paso County District Court in Colorado Springs, Colo., Wednesday, March 11. police are yet to reveal the theory of he crime
Police have not yet laid out their theory on what happened to him or where they believe he is.
Gannon’s father Albert released a statement at the time to say he was shocked by the news.
‘My little boy is not coming home. We will never play Nintendo again. No more taco Tuesdays. No more smooth-looking hair cuts. And no more G-man for the world.
‘The person who committed this heinous, horrible crime is one that I gave more to anyone else on this planet, and that is a burden that I will carry with me for a very long time,’ it read.
Surveillance video from a neighbor’s home captured Stauch leaving the home with Gannon in her pickup truck at around 10.13am on January 27.
However, when she returned at 2.19pm, Gannon is nowhere to be seen.
Footage from 2.19pm to the time Gannon was reportedly last seen is not available, but the sheriff’s office said earlier that officers had no surveillance video showing the boy leaving the property.
After he watched the video, a friend said the boy’s father ‘just broke down and started saying ‘she lied, she lied about the time.’
In an interview before her arrest, Letecia insisted she had nothing to do with the boy’s disappearance or death.
‘After news of the video broke, Stauch gave an interview to KKTV, insisting that she played no part in her stepson’s disappearance.
‘I took care of Gannon for the last two years in our home because his mother didn’t want to do it,’ she said.
Landen Hoitt the missing boy’s mother at a press conference on the day of Letecia’s arrest on March 2, weeps after she listened to the reading of a written statement from Gannon’s father, Albert Stauch [left]
During Letecia’s initial court appearance in El Paso County on March 11, prosecutors said they have not ruled out the possibility of pursuing the death penalty against her.
The stepmother is due back in court for a status conference on April 14.