EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. — On Thursday, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office has upgraded the search for Gannon Stauch as a missing and endangered child case.
The parents of the 11-year-old spoke and pleaded for their son to return home.
“My son is a very loving kid, he wouldn’t want harm on anybody at all, and it’s so hard to think why is this happening to him, I have no clue,” Stauch’s mother, Landen Bullard Hiott said. “My kid deserves to come home, my kid has a purpose, my kid has a life, and it’s important to me, and it’s important to everyone that’s standing in this room.”
With the upgrade, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Team (NCMEC), along with the FBI Child Abduction Rapid Deployment (CARD) teams are also helping in the search to find Stauch.
In the press conference, Lt. Mitch Mihalko said, “we are exhausting every avenue that we can to find of potential leads to get Gannon located.”
“Gannon, bubba, little man, mommy’s hero wherever you’re at mommy and daddy are here,” Hiott explained. “We are begging and pleading for you to come home and I know that is your biggest wish to see mommy and daddy standing here. We’re here bubba, we are here for you and I can’t wait until you are found, cause I have hope that you are going to be found, you are my hero, you are the reason why I have life.”
The search for the 11-year-old boy from Security, missing since Monday, intensified Wednesday and Thursday. Family, friends, neighbors, law enforcement, and even members of the National Guard helped in the search.
“What an incredible community we have, I came out my front door on Tuesday and there were 200 people out there searching my neighborhood, it blew me away so thank you, everyone,” father Al Stauch cried. “Gannon, daddy loves you so much please come home.”
Stauch’s stepmother was the last person to see the boy, at their home, off Mandan Drive in Security around 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. She says he left sometime after 3 p.m. to walk to a friend’s house down the street.
Stauch is approximately 4 feet 9 inches tall and 90 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a blue, hooded jacket, jeans, and tennis shoes.
The Sheriff’s Office also warned of rumors circulating on social media spreading misinformation online. Credible tips must be called into the Sheriff’s Office.
If you have seen Gannon or may have information as to his whereabouts, please call the Sheriff’s Office Tip Line at 719-520-6666. Any information prematurely released that has not been confirmed by the EPSO takes away from this investigation and does not help in locating Gannon.