Gannon Stauch was reported missing Jan. 27 by his stepmother, who is now accused of murdering him

By Christine Pelisek Laura Barcella Greg Hanlon
March 20, 2020 03:28 PM
El Paso County Sheriffs Office

Remains have been located in Florida that police have tentatively identified as belonging to Gannon Stauch, a missing 11-year-old Colorado boy, the El Paso County Sheriff of Colorado announced.

Prior to the discovery, Gannon, who was reported missing Jan. 27, had been presumed dead.

His stepmother, Letecia “Tecia” Stauch, was arrested in early March on murder, child abuse and tampering charges in connection with his death.

Authorities have not revealed details about what evidence they allegedly have against Stauch, and a motive has not been publicly discussed. A tweet from the sheriff announcing the discovery of the remains states, “There is a gag order in effect for this case so we cannot go into any details.”

RELATED: Stepmom Accused of Killing Colo. Boy Gannon Stauch Reportedly Slips Out of Handcuffs, Attacks Cop

A press release from the El Paso County Sheriff says the office was contacted by the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office in Florida after that office responded to a call about a deceased juvenile male in Pace. After an autopsy, the remains were tentatively identified as Gannon’s.

The press release indicates Stauch may have been in Florida from Feb. 3 to 5.

“This past Tuesday, a work crew from the Florida Department of Transportation was working Highway 90, near the Escambia River Bridge. They found a body and contacted us,” Sgt. Rich Aloy of the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office, in Florida, tells PEOPLE.

“It is a long bridge — [the body] was along the side of the bridge, but not in the water. We don’t know when the body was placed there,” Aloy says.

The remains were found approximately between 9 and 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Aloy says, and the cause of death is still undetermined.

Initial reports from the sheriff’s office described Gannon as a “runaway,” but on January 30, the agency’s social media posts shifted to describe him as missing and endangered.

RELATED: Gannon Stauch’s Dad Files for Divorce from Stepmom After She’s Accused of Killing Missing Boy

RELATED: Stepmother of Missing Colo. 11-Year-Old Gannon Stauch Charged with Murder, Boy’s Body Not Yet Found

The boy’s disappearance shook the bedroom community of Fountain where Gannon lived with his father, stepmother and siblings.

Gannon Stauch
Facebook

Want to keep up with the latest crime coverage? Sign up for PEOPLE’s free True Crime newsletter for breaking crimenews, ongoing trial coverage and details of intriguing unsolved cases.

After Stauch’s arrest, Gannon’s father, Eugene Albert Stauch initiated divorce proceedings against her, according to online court records obtained by PEOPLE.

RELATED: Gannon Stauch’s Stepmother Waives Extradition to Colorado in First Court Appearance

Stauch is being held without bond, according to jail records. She has not yet entered pleas to the charges she faces.

Her attorney, Kathryn Strobel, has not returned PEOPLE’s requests for comment.

Authorities ask anyone who saw Letecia Stauch in Pace or Pensacola, Florida, from Feb. 3 to 5 to contact the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Tip Line at 719-520-6666 or email tips@elpasoco.com.

Advertisement