LARKSPUR, Colo. — Search efforts continued Thursday for 11-year-old Gannon Stauch, now missing from his Fountain-area home for 17 days.
There were over 80 trained individuals and specialized assets including mounted and K-9’s helping with the search efforts. To date, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office has received 465 tips. These tips include possible sightings, search suggestions, social media related information, suspicious activity, found property/possible evidence and video/photo/drone evidence.
The goal remains to find Gannon and bring him home safely.
The boy’s stepmother, Letecia Stauch, made that call on January 27, when she said, Gannon didn’t return after leaving to see a friend.
Last week, FOX21 News crews saw search teams out in various spots around El Paso County, but this week, efforts shifted north.
El Paso County Search and Rescue started searching through snowy fields in a southern area of Douglas County around 9 a.m. on Thursday.
A team of about 50 people appeared to be given instructions before they began walking in a line, using sticks and shovels to comb through the snow.
A Jefferson County Bloodhound was also on location, as was a mounted horse patrol team from EPSO.
FOX21 News also spotted a drone, flying overhead, to assist in the search.
An EPSO spokeswoman updated the media on Thursday afternoon.
This week, Letecia Stauch, the boy’s step-mother reached out to FOX31, our partner in Denver, and released a statement.
The Sheriff’s Office is the lead agency in the search for Gannon and the parallel-running investigation into his, as yet, unexplained disappearance.
The investigation is not classified as “criminal”, nor have any suspects been named.