LARKSPUR, Colo. — Search teams spent several days sifting through piles of snow and dirt in an area off Highway 105 in southern Douglas County, in a desperate attempt to find some sign of 11-year-old Gannon Stauch.
The boy has been missing from his Fountain-area home since January 27. That day, Gannon’s stepmother, Letecia Stauch reported him missing when, she said, he didn’t return home from a visit with a friend.
But on Friday morning, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office said their search efforts in Larkspur have ended.
“At this point and time we do not have any planned searches but again I want to stress that that doesn’t mean the investigation isn’t ongoing,” El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Media Relations Manager Jacqueline Kirby said. “It’s just the investigation doesn’t take us to a place where we need to have a search whether its large scope-like in Douglas County or a smaller one we’ve seen in the investigation as well.”
The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office said they have received 718 tips to date. The Metro Crime Lab returned to Gannon’s home as part of their investigation.
The sheriff’s office, which is the lead agency in the search for Gannon as well as in the parallel-running investigation into his disappearance, told FOX21 News that, in fact, they did not have plans to search for the boy in any area on Friday.
Meantime the investigation continues to push forward. FOX21 News crews spotted the Metro Crime Lab parked in front of the Stauch family home on Mandan Drive Friday afternoon. The mobile lab has made several visits to the house over the past two weeks. On one occasion, investigators were seen carrying paper-wrapped items out of the house and loading them into the lab.
At this point, the investigation is not being called a “criminal” one, nor have any suspects been named.
Investigators are still accepting credible tips and information. If you know anything, you’re asked to call: 719-520-6666 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.