‘Imagine how afraid Gannon is’: Family of missing Fountain-area boy speaks out

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The family of 11-year-old Gannon Stauch released a video statement on February 5, 2020.

COLORADO SPRINGS — The family of 11-year-old Gannon Stauch released a video statement Wednesday, through the El Paso County YouTube channel.

Gannon Stauch disappeared from his home on Mandan Drive in Security on January 27 and, since then, teams of people from the community and various agencies have been desperately working to find him.

The last we’ve heard publicly from Landen Hiott and Al Stauch, Gannon’s parents, was during a press conference on January 30.

In Wednesday’s video, Hiott called her son her hero, describing him as energetic, a fan of his bicycle, spending time outside, and Sonic the Hedgehog.

“How do I describe my G-Man? Gannon is my hero,” Hiott said.

Hiott said she’s afraid, but thanks to the community of Lorson Ranch and beyond, she has hope for Gannon’s safe return. She asked that anyone with information, please come forward, even, she said, if they are afraid.

“If you have anything that’s credible if you’re afraid… imagine my son,” she said as her voice broke. “Imagine how afraid Gannon is,” she said.

Hiott also broke down after describing the relationship between Gannon and his sister, Laina Stauch.

“He loves riding his bike with sister, know that he is missing that right now. He holds his job as ‘big bubba’ very important,” Hiott said.

Al Stauch took a breath to collect himself and spoke after his ex-wife.

“Sometimes we’re jumping for joy because we [get] information we might think is a break in the case, but in the next minute, we… see something or get information that just breaks our heart in a million pieces again,” he said.

Gannon Stauch has been missing since January 27.

As the family waits for answers they are asking the community to keep them in mind.

“Your thoughts and prayers keep them coming,” Stauch said.

Stauch and Hiott both asked the community to continue providing information to the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office to the tip line: 719-520-6666 or through email: tips@elpasoco.com.

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