Day 22: EPCSO says no active searches for Gannon Stauch, investigation continues

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Investigators scour an open space in Douglas County on February 14, 2020, in their search for 11-year-old Gannon Stauch.

COLORADO SPRINGS — A fresh layer of snow fell across the region Monday night into Tuesday, including up in Douglas County, where investigators have spent several days searching for any sign of 11-year-old Gannon Stauch.

As of 4:30 p.m., The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office confirmed there had been no active searches Tuesday. However, earlier this morning when FOX21 reached out to them, they indicated that they would be searching Tuesday.

In Larkspur, FOX21 News crews found search teams had already cleared out of areas, where they had been very active just one day earlier.

Jacqueline Kirby, a spokesperson with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, told FOX21 News, “There is a small contingent that remains in the area of Southern Douglas County who are readily available to deploy as the investigation requires.” She noted the investigation is still moving forward.

11-year-old Gannon Stauch has been missing since January 27.

EPSO is the lead agency in the search for Gannon, as well as the parallel-running investigation. At this point, the investigation into Gannon’s disappearance is not being called a criminal one, and no suspects have been named.

Gannon was reported missing by his stepmother, Letecia Stauch, when she said he didn’t return home after leaving to see a friend. Last week she sent a written statement to KDVR, our news partner in Denver, in response to a wave of backlash on social media.

Gannon’s biological parents, Landen Hiott and Al Stauch, haven’t spoken publicly since their release of a video statement on El Paso County’s Youtube channel.

In days past, FOX21 News has spotted a mobile crime unit at the Stauch family home on Mandan Drive, but since then, has not seen much activity.

Investigators remove items from the Stauch family home on February 3, 2020 and load them into a mobile crime unit. /KDVR

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