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Surveillance video may show Gannon Stauch leaving with stepmom

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- While multiple investigative agencies in Colorado Springs continue to look for missing 11-year-old Gannon Stauch, a neighbor shared video with Stauch's father that he says shows the boy leaving with his stepmother Monday morning and not returning home.

But Stauch's stepmom, Letecia Stauch, told officials that the last time she saw Gannon was between 3:15 and 4 p.m. inside their home in Lorson Ranch.

Stauch has been missing since then. The El Paso County Sheriff's Office says Leticia reported that he walked to a friend's house but then disappeared. He's described as 4'9" and under 100 pounds, wearing blue jeans and a blue jacket.

Letecia says she has no idea where Gannon is. But their neighbor, Roderrick Drayton, claims Gannon's father broke down in tears and said she was lying after he saw the video.

(The surveillance video is above. The first clip shows the departure and the second half shows the return.)

According to Drayton, video from a surveillance camera attached to his house also had the Stauch's driveway in frame. Drayton said that he rewatched the video after search efforts began and he noticed movement between 10 a.m. Monday and 2:19 p.m.

Drayton says the beginning of the video shows Leticia backing a pickup truck into the driveway, and Gannon exits the house shortly after to get inside the backseat.

Later, Drayton says his surveillance video shows Leticia returning home around 2:19 p.m. Drayton says she exits the truck and goes straight into the house, but Gannon isn't seen.

We don't have video from 2:19 p.m. to the time that Gannon was reportedly last seen, but the sheriff's office said earlier this week that they had no surveillance video showing him walking away from the property.

Drayton told Clayton Sandell with ABC News that when he gave the video to Gannon's father, he broke down crying and said they needed to give the video to investigators. Drayton claims that Gannon's father said, "she lied ... he didn't go to a friend's house."

We haven't been able to independently confirm that the two individuals in the video are indeed Leticia and Gannon, but the El Paso County Sheriff's Office didn't dispute Drayton's claims and said the video is being considered evidence in the investigation.

No persons of interest have been identified, and authorities said Tuesday morning that they had no official suspects.

Editor's Note: The El Paso County Sheriff's Office requested that media not air the video as the investigation is ongoing. KRDO chose to honor that request until ABC News made the editorial decision to show the video in World News Tonight with David Muir.

Colorado Springs / Local News / News

Andrew McMillan

Andrew is the Digital Content Director for KRDO.com. Learn more about Andrew here.

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17 Comments

    1. Sounds like she may have been someone he trusted, so perhaps there’s hope yet for him being found and safe.

  1. They need to charge the neighbor with interference since he decided to leak that video. Let the proper people handle the investigation. All the speculation on some of the media pages is crazy. Everyone thinks they are a detective.

      1. I was sitting down as I typed that. I still stand by my statement. Let the police do their job, stop leaking information.

  2. The EPCSO said “no person of interest has been identified”? Uh huh, the article clearly identifies a person of interest.

    1. If the stepmom lied, why isn’t she a suspect? I’m wondering where she is now, too. Surely, the bio mom isn’t still staying at her home after hearing SM lied.

  3. The step mom has been not truthful this whole time. Based on Gannons dads response it is apparent that he has suspicions about his wife.
    Gannon didn’t go to a “friends house”.
    Gannon was last seen with his step mom.
    Step moms story is now full of holes.
    Dad now believes that his wife did something.
    This is turning out to be very sad and is not looking good for finding him alive.

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