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Human remains found in Florida tentatively IDed as Gannon Stauch

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- The El Paso County Sheriff's Office says human remains believed to be Gannon Stauch have been found in Florida.

According to the sheriff's office, deputies in Santa Rosa County were called to a report of a deceased juvenile male in Pace, Florida on March 18.

Photo: Hudson Miller, WEAR-TV

An autopsy was performed and the juvenile was identified as Stauch, the 11-year-old who went missing from the Lorson Ranch neighborhood of Colorado Springs on Jan. 27.

WATCH: 4th Judicial District Attorney's Office holds press conference after remains found.

Following Friday's announcement, the DA filed charges against Letecia Stauch of first-degree murder after deliberation and eight counts of crime of violence for use of a firearm, blunt instrument or knife in the cause of death of Gannon Stauch.

Letecia, who is Gannon's stepmother, had already been charged with first-degree murder, child abuse resulting in death, and tampering with a corpse. She was the one who reported Gannon missing, but evidence mounted that led authorities to arrest her earlier this month.

Police are asking if anyone saw Letecia Stauch in the area of Pace or Pensacola between Feb. 3 and Feb. 5 to call 719-520-6666.

Letecia was arrested on March 2 in South Carolina before being extradited back to El Paso County.

Few details about what led to Letecia's arrest have been released, and a gag order has been filed for the case. We're expecting to learn more details at a preliminary hearing set for a future date, but most of the court documents connected with the murder charge have been sealed.

The district attorney's office said Gannon's father and biological mother still had hope that Gannon would come home alive, despite the original charges. They were told the news Friday morning and were distraught by the information.

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  1. I am glad they found him. This helps make a solid case against her. That means she must of killed him locally stashed the body then later drove it to Florida, dumped it and then went to hang out in SC. What a sick individual.
    No death penalty for her please. Life in prison without chance of parole would be fitting. She most likely would have to be segregated because some mad moms in prison would make her their play toy.

    1. They won’t “make her their plaything”. They will end her.

      I predict that after her conviction, she will be transferred out of state by the Interstate Correction Compact.

  2. What a sad situation. And Gannon’s father will presumably feel guilt for the rest of his life because it was his choice of a second wife who did this.

  3. Good God; where did she put him before the drive to Florida – she needs worse than the death penalty.

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