Stepmother Arrested in Gannon Stauch Case
I hate to have to say it, but I’m not surprised. Tecia Stauch has been charged with first degree murder in the disappearance of Gannon Stauch, among other charges. Law enforcement in Colorado Springs. Tecia was arrested in Myrtle Beach SC and the arrest warrant is to be sealed. Charged with Murder in the first degree of a child under 13 by person in position of trust which is a class 1 felony; child abuse resulting with death tampering with deceased body and tampering with evidence.
Sadly, when children go missing it usually ends with a parent or guardian being the one involved in their disappearance and murder. In Gannon Stauch’s case, the stepmother immediately came off as sketchy to me. Her interview with Spencer Wilson was so weird and when she called over her daughter to verify and give statements regarding her whereabouts the day that Gannon went missing. The entire interview was just odd, not to mention that she referred to Gannon in the past tense.
Gannon is reported missing by his stepmother, Letecia Stauch. She told the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office he left home between 3:15 p.m. and 4 p.m. local time to walk to a friend’s house in Colorado Springs. The initial press release on his disappearance describes the call about him as a “report for a juvenile runaway.”
Gannon’s disappearance is now classified as a missing/endangered persons case. The sheriff’s office asks anyone with information to call authorities and blast what was described as “misinformation” on social media about the case. Officials did not specify exactly what “misinformation” to which they were referring.
Tecia Stauch does interview with Spencer Wilson.
Though officials don’t specifically address any rumors, Letecia Stauch responded to online comments vilifying her in an interview with the local CBS affiliate KKTV.
“I took care of Gannon for the last two years in our home. I would never, never, ever hurt this child. And I know there are some questions out there … that’s up to the investigations — when they end up letting you guys know — but I’ve cooperated with them,” she told KKTV. “We are going to find Gannon, and that’s the main goal that we all have. I’m just ready for Gannon to come home.” https://abcnews.go.com/US/stepmother-missing-colorado-boy-addresses-online-rumors/story?id=68727363
A neighbor, Roderrick Drayton, comes forward with surveillance footage from his home security system that he claims shows Tecia Stauch leaving the house with Gannon and returning home hours later without him.
The surveillance video shows Tecia getting into a red pickup truck on Monday morning January 27 at 10:13 a.m. The footage also appears to show Gannon walking slowly as he approaches and gets into the truck.
When she returns in the truck at 2:19 p.m., Gannon is nowhere to be seen.
Tecia Stauch released a public statement via local Denver station, FOX 31. She disputed the neighbor’s security camera claims and indicated that Gannon was with her. She claims that she had taken a selfie with Gannon and the timestamp is evident in the photo.
Night, G was helping me unload in the garage and cut his foot because
there are a lot of tools because Albert does woodworking.”
“He sat on the edge of the car and we bandaged it up. He was good to go. He always loves helping his dad in the garage build things like his LEGO tables and the flower pot they built for me as a gift. After this, I noticed G kept going to the side of the house.”
“He told me he was checking to see if the gate was locked because he was the only one with a gate key. It made him proud to be the man of the house while Albert was away. Fast forward, we did a hike on Sunday (cleared), and shopping on Monday (cleared as well for him getting out of the other side).”
“Please don’t think for a second that there isn’t enough of technology to determine shadows and movement around the truck. There was also proof from my phone that we had taken a selfie in the truck in our driveway that was time stamped. We always send pictures to Albert when we are out and about or when he is away.”
“That can be scanned for actual time verification. Last, from day one the Sheriff’s office has known a description of the person/friend whom Gannon left with.”
“I explained to them and provided evidence. They had information about G having the key to go out the side gate. Last they have more in-depth details that go along with this pointing to who sent the person or why he may have come. Again, I repeat they have had this Initially and I was asked to keep quiet about it so they could have the best shot at doing their job and bringing G home. The last thing that they needed was a hindrance to their investigation. I encourage you to think of any suspicious cars that may have been in the area watching a few days prior and keep praying for G!”
A press conference will be held at noon MST