EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. (KRDO) - The family of Gannon Stauch released a video on Wednesday asking for anyone with credible information to come forward, after the 11-year-old reportedly went missing Monday, January 27th.
Gannon’s stepmother, Leticia Stauch, told investigators she last saw Gannon around 3:15 to 4:00 p.m. that day, before he left his home on Mandan Drive in Larson Ranch to walk to a friend’s house.
We transcribed the video below:
Landen Hiott, Gannon’s Mother
“How do I describe my G-man, my Gannon… Gannon is my hero, I love him so much. He’s not only my hero, he has multiple people that call him their hero as well. He has so many family members that look up to him at such a small age.
He’s full of life, he’s happy, he’s energetic, he loves sports, he loves sonic. He loves going outside playing with his friends, his sister, his neighbors, especially Braden.
This neighborhood basically gives you a true example of who my son is. Everybody coming together, all the smiles people have. This is why I have hope, because I can feel it. This is Gannon truly speaking to our community.
Gannon… He loves blue, he loves Sonic, he’s into coding, he loves riding his bicycle with his sister, and I know that he’s missing that right now. He holds his job as being big bubba very Important. Him not to be able to talk to his sisters has to be hurting him.
This week has been awful. It’s been more than a roller coaster ride. It’s been more than an emotional mess. I don’t even have answers for my feelings other than I’m afraid.
I’m afraid that I will never hear his voice, that I will never hear him run and say ‘mommy!’, and that I’ll never hear those corny jokes that he always tells every single day… He has to tell me a joke. He looks forward to telling me something silly. And I’m afraid I may never see that again or hear…
I don’t want to believe that, because that means I’m giving up hope, and I’m not giving up hope, because my son is full of hope. So, I’m urging anyone that has any leads, credible leads, if you’re too afraid because you know something… A kid just doesn’t disappear and no one sees him. That’s not how this works. So if you have anything that’s credible, if you’re afraid, don’t worry about it… imagine my son, how afraid he is. Imagine how afraid Gannon is. So please call, please write. If you need to have someone else do it for you, please do, because my son deserves to be here. He deserves to be here. And I thank you guys, the community, for what you’ve done, because this is Gannon. This is who he is. And I thank you guys so much.”
Al Stauch, Gannon’s Father
“When Gannon was born he weighed only one pound and six ounces, and even today he’s still our miracle child. He is such a happy child and he just brings life to every party. His smile, even today, is keeping us going. His infectious smile brings me joy every time I think about it.
The past eight days have been, as Landen said, a roller coaster of emotions. Sometimes we’re jumping for joy because we get information that we might think it’s a break in the case, and then the next minute we see something or get information that just breaks our hearts into one million pieces again.
But through all this just know that your thoughts and your prayers, and your messages… keep them coming because, even if we don’t respond, we are receiving them, and that has given us strength to get through this.
I do want to say I’m so proud of Leanna, my little baby girl here, and of Landon, you know my children’s mother, they have been so strong through this. Stronger than I would’ve ever thought that I could have ever been, and I’m getting strength from them as well. As I said please keep sending your thoughts and your prayers because we are receiving them. And, if you have any information, any information at all that could help, please reach out to the El Paso County Sheriff's Office with only credible [information], but that you think might help. Thank you so much.”
Laina Stauch, Gannon’s sister
“I love you bubba.”