Officials in Colorado announced this afternoon that human remains have been found Florida have been ‘provisionally identified’ as 11-year-old Gannon Stauch.
The boy went missing in the Colorado Springs area on January 27.
Stauch’s stepmother, Letecia Stauch, 36, was booked earlier this month in El Pasp County jail for counts of first-degree murder, child molestation resulting in tampering with a dead human body and tampering with evidence.
The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday that it had contacted the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office in Florida regarding the remains of a boy recovered from Pace, north of Pensacola.
The remains of boys found in Florida have been tentatively identified as the property of 11-year-old Colorado boy Gannon Stauch. His stepmother, Letecia Stauch (right), has been charged with murder
Letecia Stauch will make her first appearance at El Paso County District Court in Colorado Springs, Colorado on Wednesday, March 11
The District One Medical Examiner performed an autopsy, which led to today’s announcement.
“We would like to express our deepest condolences to Gannon’s friends and family,” said a press release from the sheriff’s office.
TIMELINE OF GANNON STAUCH CASE:
January 27: Gannon Stauch is reported as a runaway; last seen by stepmother Letecia Stauch between 3:15 pm to 4:00 pm
January 30: Case upgraded to missing and threatened case of child due to age, medication needs, winter weather and time of missing
January 31st: Letecia Stauch Gives Interview to KKTV and Says Deputies Threatened to Shoot Her and Handcuff Her 17-Year-Old Daughter
February 4: Neighbor Roderrick Drayton shares surveillance video showing what appears to be Letecia returning home at 2:19 PM without Gannon in her pickup; claims that his father burst into tears when he saw the video
February 5: Prosecutor Dan May visits Stauch’s house; The Stauch family makes a YouTube statement to bring Gannon home
February 7: Seekers use a remote-controlled underwater vehicle with sonar to rinse a pond near the Stauch family home
February 8th: Candlelight vigil is held at Lorson Ranch
February 11: Letecia Stauch issues statement to Fox 31 claiming that Gannon was in her truck on January 27 and who later left with a ‘friend’
February 21st: The search for the ground for Gannon is halted by continuing the investigation
February 28: Planned search for Gannon is canceled without explanation
March 2nd Letecia Stauch is arrested in connection with the case. Stauch was charged with murdering 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. Authorities announce they don’t believe Gannon is alive, but they haven’t found his body. The investigation is still ongoing
March 5th: Letecia is extradited from South Carolina to El Paso County, Colorado
18th of March: A boy’s remains are found in Pace, Florida
20th of March: Autopsy performed on the child’s remains provisionally identifies the deceased as Gannon Stauch
Letecia Stauch was arrested on March 2 in South Carolina and later extradited to Colorado to be charged with murdering a child under 12 years of age by a person in a position of trust, child abuse, resulting in death and tampering with a corpse.
She originally told authorities that she last saw her stepson on January 27 between 3:15 PM and 4:00 PM. She said at the time that he was on his way to a friend’s house in Colorado Springs.
Gannon was originally categorized as a runaway before his case was upgraded to that of a missing / threatened person.
But on the day of Letecia’s arrest in South Carolina, police announced they no longer thought he was alive.
The police have not yet explained their theory about what happened to him or where she thinks he is.
Gannon’s father Albert released a statement at the time saying he was shocked by the news.
“My son is not coming home. We will never play Nintendo again. No more taco Tuesdays. No more smooth haircuts. And no more G-man for the world.
“The person who committed this horrible, horrible crime is one that I gave more to someone else on this planet, and that is a burden I will carry with me for a long time,” it said.
Surveillance video of a neighbor’s house recorded Stauch, who left the house with Gannon in her pickup at around 10:10 p.m. on January 27.
However, when she returned at 2:19 p.m., Gannon is nowhere to be seen.
Footage from 2:19 p.m. until the moment Gannon was last seen is unavailable, but the sheriff’s office previously said that police had no surveillance video showing the boy leaving the property.
After watching the video, a friend said that the boy’s father ‘just collapsed and started saying’ she was lying, she was lying about that 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 went public, Stauch gave an interview to KKTV, insisting she didn’t play a role in her stepson’s disappearance.
“I’ve been taking care of Gannon with us for the past two years because his mom didn’t want it,” she said.
Surveillance footage shared by a neighbor would reportedly show Gannon getting into a car with his stepmother that morning, but not returning with her that afternoon (photo). However, when she returned at 2:19 p.m., Gannon is nowhere to be seen
Gannon’s devastated mother Landen Hoitt during a news conference on the day of Letecia’s arrest on March 2
“I would never, ever hurt this child … these people have these conspiracy theories … I’m like,” Why are you saying Gannon is dead? ” He’s not dead. We’re going to find Gannon. ‘
During Letecia’s first appearance in El Paso County on March 11, prosecutors said they have not ruled out the possibility of prosecuting the death penalty against her.
The stepmother is back in court on April 14 for a status conference.