Stepmother of Colorado boy who’s been missing for more than a month arrested on first-degree murder charge in South Carolina


EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. — The stepmother of a Colorado boy who’s been missing for more than a month has been arrested.

According to KDVR, Leticia Stauch was taken into custody in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, in connection with the disappearance and death of 11-year-old Gannon Stauch.

El Paso County Sheriff Bill Elder said the investigation into Gannon’s disappearance began five weeks ago. They haven’t located boy but said they’re zeroing in on the location of his remains.

Gannon Stauch

His stepmother is being held jail without bond pending extradition to Colorado.

Charges against her include first-degree murder, child abuse resulting in death, tampering with a deceased human body and tampering with evidence.

Elder characterized the case as a “rapidly developing and highly complex” investigation that involved multiple states and law enforcement agencies. The FBI eventually became involved.

The boy was last seen between 3:15 and 4 p.m. on Jan. 27 while he was heading to a friend’s house. No one has seen him since then, but investigators have received hundreds of tips in the case and conducted numerous searches.

Investigators said all evidence pointed to his stepmother’s involvement.

Police first focused their search in Lorson Ranch, Gannon’s subdivision. They asked neighbors for any surveillance video that could provide insight into the boy’s disappearance.

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