The mother of an 11-year-old boy from Colorado who went missing for almost a month, broke into tears as she began to talk about his disappearance.
Gannon Stauch was last seen between 3:15 p.m. and 4 p.m. on January 27 when he was reportedly on his way to a friend’s home in Colorado Springs.
The tween was originally categorized as a runaway, before his case was upgraded to that of a missing / threatened person.
In an interview with ABC news, his mother, Landen Hiott, begged the public for help in bringing her son home.
“I don’t want to wait another day,” she said. “He’s Mama’s little man. If he’s not with me, he hurts. ”
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Landen Hiott (photo), the mother of the missing Gannon Stauch, 11, begged the public for help finding him
Hiott (photo) said she wants to keep sharing Gannon’s story and described him as a joker who made everyone happy
Gannon (left and right) was last seen at his home in Colorado Springs on January 27. His stepmother said she saw him leave for a friend’s house between 3:15 PM and 4:00 PM
Hiott lives in South Carolina and said that as soon as she heard the news about her son’s disappearance, she flew to Colorado.
“This is the longest time I haven’t heard his voice, and all I can do is just keep playing back and forth videos of,” Mommy, I love you, “Hiott told ABC News.
Gannon was reported missing by his stepmother, Letecia Stauch, who is married to his father, Albert Stauch.
Initially reported as a runaway, his case was changed on January 30 to a case for missing / threatened persons. Hiott says she is sure her son would not run away.
“When I heard he was running away, I knew that was the first sign,” she said.
“Like, that’s not my boy … 100 percent for sure, my boy wouldn’t run away.”
TIMETABLE OF GANNON STAUCH CASE:
January 27: Gannon Stauch has been reported as a runaway; last seen by stepmother Letecia Stauch between 15.15 – 16.00
January 30: Case has been upgraded to a missing and threatened child’s case due to his age, medication use, winter weather and the time he was missing
January 31st: Letecia Stauch gives interview to KKTV that delegates had threatened to shoot her and handcuff her 17-year-old daughter
February 4: Neighbor Roderrick Drayton shares surveillance videos that show that Letecia comes home at 2.19 pm without Gannon in her pickup truck; 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 vehicle with sonar to scour a pond near the Stauch family house
February 8th: Candlelight prayer wake is held at Lorson Ranch
February 11: Letecia Stauch releases a statement to Fox 31 who claims that Gannon was in her truck on January 27 and later left with a “friend”
Surveillance video of a neighbor’s house took Letecia captive and left the house with Gannon in her pickup on January 27 at 10.13 am.
However, when she returned at 2.19 pm, Gannon is nowhere to be found
Images from 2.19 p.m. until the time that Gannon was reportedly last seen are not available, but the sheriff’s office said earlier that officers had no surveillance video on which the boy left the premises.
Roderrick Drayton, the neighbor whose camera picked up the images, told it ABC news that Gannon’s father burst into tears after he saw the video.
Drayton said when he showed the clip to Albert Stauch, he burst into tears and accused Letecia of “lying” about Gannon walking to a friend’s house.
“[Albert Stauch] just broke crying and said: ‘She lied, she lied about time. He did not go to a friend’s house.
After the news about the video was known, Letecia announced an interview KKTVinsisting that she play no role in the disappearance of her stepson.
“I’ve been taking care of us for the past two years because his mother didn’t want to do it,” she said.
“I would never, never, hurt this child … these people have these conspiracy theories … I am like,” Why do you say Gannon is dead? ” He is not dead. We’re gonna find Gannon. ”
In a statement to KDVR, Letecia insisted that her stepson actually be in her vehicle when they came home from a shopping trip that afternoon, but he got off the side of the truck that was not opposite their neighbor’s camera.
But surveillance footage shared by a neighbor shows that Gannon gets into a car with his stepmother that morning but does not return with her that afternoon (photo)
Gannon was last seen in a blue jacket, black jeans and sneakers. He has brown eyes, brown hair, weight 90 pounds and stands around four-foot-nine
Hiott said she wanted to keep sharing Gannon’s story and described him as a joke maker who made everyone happy.
“I don’t know how to proceed without him,” she told ABC News.
‘He is my hero. He gives me life, he gives me energy. If a bad day goes bad, I only hear his voice and that makes it better. “
Gannon was last seen in a blue jacket, black jeans and sneakers. He has brown eyes, brown hair, weight 90 pounds and stands around four-foot-nine.
The office of the sheriff of El Paso also said the boy needs medication, but did not specify what.
If you have information about Gannon’s case, call the Sheriff’s Office Tip Line at 719-520-6666 or send an email to Tips@elpasoco.com.