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Gannon Stauch’s stepmother arrested for murder

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- The El Paso County Sheriff's Office says an arrest has been made in the disappearance case of Gannon Stauch.

The 11-year-old boy, originally reported as a runaway on Jan. 27, still hasn't been found.

The sheriff's office confirmed that Stauch's stepmother, Letecia Stauch, was arrested in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, in connection with the case.

Letecia faces charges of first-degree murder, child abuse resulting in death, tampering with a deceased human body, and tampering with evidence.

The update came during a press conference at noon on Monday. WATCH BELOW:

Letecia Stauch is being held without bond in South Carolina and is expected to be extradited back to Colorado Springs to face the four charges.

Letecia was the first person to report Gannon's disappearance on Jan. 27. She claimed that he had gone to a friend's house and never returned home.

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office determined Gannon was missing and endangered on Jan. 30. Since then, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office conducted several searches in the Lorson Ranch area, near Stratmoor Valley and most recently in southern Douglas County.

Surveillance video captured by a neighbor may show Gannon and his stepmother leaving their house around 10 a.m. on Jan. 27.

The neighbor, Roderrick Drayton, says a second clip shows Gannon's stepmother exiting the vehicle alone after 2:15 p.m.

Law enforcement said during Monday's news conference that they don't believe Gannon is alive, but they haven't found his body. Police said all of the evidence points to Gannon’s disappearance being the result of foul play, but there’s no indication that there’s any threat to other children. Specific details about evidence weren't given.

This is a breaking news story, check back for updates.

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