Remains found in Florida have tentatively been identified as belonging to Gannon Stauch
Gannon Stauch
Credit: El Paso County Sheriffs Office

The father of Colorado Springs boy Gannon Stauch released a statement Sunday expressing his gratitude and appreciation for the support he received during the long search for his 11-year-old son.

His statement was released two days after human remains were found in Florida and tentatively identified as Gannon. Gannon’s stepmother, Letecia “Tecia” Stauch, has been charged in connection with the boy’s death.

“As you can tell from the initial missing child report, to the arrest and charges in early March, and now the wonderful, yet gut-wrenching news that Gannon’s body has been recovered, this has been a heartbreaking and absolutely devastating time period in my life,” Albert Stauch wrote in a statement posted on the Facebook page of Restoration Church in Colorado Springs, which he attends.

Gannon Stauch, Letecia Stauch
Gannon Stauch, Albert and Tec
| Credit: El Paso County Sheriff's Office

On March 18, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office announced they had been contacted by the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office about remains found in Pace, Florida.

“An autopsy was performed by the District One Medical Examiner and the deceased male has been tentatively identified as Gannon Stauch,” according to a sheriff’s office press release obtained by PEOPLE. “We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the friends and family of Gannon.”

According to Sgt. Rich Aloy of the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office, the remains were found by a work crew from the Florida Department of Transportation working Highway 90, near the Escambia River Bridge.

“They found a body and contacted us,” Sgt. Aloy told 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.”

The remains were found between 9 and 10 a.m. on March 17.

The cause of death is still undetermined.

In early March, Letecia Stauch was charged with murder, child abuse and tampering charges in connection with Gannon’s death. On Friday, the 4th judicial district attorney filed additional charges against Stauch, which included one count of first-degree murder after deliberation and eight counts of committing a crime of violence, the Denver Post reports.

More than 107 search warrants have been filed in the case, the Post reports.

letecia stauch
Letecia “Tecia” Stauch

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Gannon was reported missing on Jan. 27 by his stepmom. Initially, the sheriff’s office described Gannon as a “runaway,” but on January 30, his status changed to missing and endangered.

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Authorities have not revealed details about what evidence they allegedly have against Stauch, and a motive has not been publicly discussed.

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