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Private investigator breaks down Gannon Stauch case

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EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. (KRDO) - Amid continued search efforts to find 11-year-old Gannon Stauch Thursday, KRDO crews met with a private investigator who helped explain the missing person case from an outside perspective.

We sat down with Dan Corsentino in Pueblo, a former sheriff who worked in law enforcement for more than twenty years.

We asked Corsentino why he thinks District Attorney Dan May was at the Stauch home on Wednesday.

"We've learned his process is to be very thorough and complete before he charges, if there are any charges at all that come," Corsentino said.

When we asked him why the El Paso County Sheriff's office is hesitant to release information in the case, Corsentino said it could be for a number of reasons.

He said if there's a possible suspect, or they think there eventually could be one, they would want to keep investigators' knowledge top secret. That way, they can compare their understanding of what happened, to what that suspect says happened. He says, oftentimes, that's how they're caught.

"They'll say that they were at a certain location at a certain time and that information is disproved through the investigation," he said.

Corsentino explained that if evidence becomes public knowledge and a suspect knows everything the detectives know, the investigation could be compromised.

He also told us why the Crime Lab van might be parked outside the Stauch home on and off for days, when it's not currently considered a criminal case. Corsentino said it could be one of two things.

"Sometimes a crime lab would show up to show that there was no crime, because of the fact that they're doing a comprehensive sweep of the house and there are no indicators," he said. "The antithesis of that is that there is some reasonable suspicion to believe some evidentiary finding could be in the house."

Click here for more KRDO coverage of the case.

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