COLORADO SPRINGS — A mobile crime unit pulled up to the home of 11-year-old Gannon Stauch Monday afternoon. Investigators could be seen carrying various items, each one covered in what looked like brown paper, from inside the home, and carefully loading them into their vehicle.
“The mobile unit that’s there should reflect to you that this is not done,” said Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Deborah Mynatt. “They don’t just stop one time.”
A few hours later, the mobile crime unit drove off, but several deputies from the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office stayed behind.
“They more than likely received a positive lead or positive intel, and that way those detectives can go on scene and do the work they’re supposed to do,” Mynatt said.
Aside from that activity, the Lorson Ranch neighborhood was quiet.
A quick glance revealed many of the neighbors, Gannon’s family too, had replaced their porch lights with blue bulbs. We’re told blue is Gannon’s favorite color, and people in his neighborhood are hoping the lights, the posters, the streamers hung all around the Fountain area, will lead the boy home.
Gannon Stauch was reported missing one week ago, on January 27, last seen by his stepmother. His father was away at the time, training out-of-state with his National Guard unit.
El Paso County Sheriff’s Office said over the past 3 days, they’ve poured 2,400 hours of manpower into this search. The Sheriff’s Office says its Investigations Division has logged more than 1,860 hours on this case over the last week.
For days, teams of people from various law enforcement and search agencies have combed through the neighborhood, looking for any sign of the young boy. The FBI Child Abduction Rapid Deployment Team is also now assisting in the search, though the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office clarified that team’s involvement does not imply an abduction has occurred.
The Sheriff’s Office has received 164 tips, as of Monday. The department asks that anyone who may have seen Gannon or have information on where he is, please call the Sheriff’s Office Tip Line: 719-520-6666.
“Every time we get a lead, we are going to follow that through and ensure that we do everything in our power so hopefully it can come to a positive resolution and we can bring Gannon home,” said Mynatt.
Freezing drizzle has been an issue in the Fountain area late Monday afternoon. In the evening, snow chances are projected to improve, and temperatures will drop to single digits.
“Just to imagine an 11-year-old out there in this type of weather, even if the weather was okay, just completely lost and unaware,” said Mynatt. “We have to act quickly.”
Over the course of this investigation, Mynatt says, the focus of the search has shifted to an area off of Janitell Road, not far from the county jail.
“Information we received through the investigation led us to believe let’s go ahead and take this next step and do a more narrow search,” said Mynatt.
EPSO says they wrapped up their search in that area by 2:00 p.m. on Monday.
The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office has begun accepting applications for citizen volunteers who would like to participate in the search.