Gannon Stauch Wiki – Gannon Stauch Biography
Gannon Stauch was a native of Colorado Springs whose disappearance last year drew national attention before his body in Florida was shot and stabbed. A detective testified Thursday during a preliminary hearing in the murder case brought against the boy’s stepmother Letecia Stauch.
Stauch disappeared from his family’s Colorado Springs home on Jan. 27, 2020. Letecia Stauch, 38, was the last person to see him alive, and authorities believe she killed Gannon in his bedroom while the two were home alone that afternoon.
He was 11 years old.
According to the affidavit, on the day Gannon disappeared, Stauch asked her teenage daughter to stop by a store and buy carpet-cleaning supplies, baking soda, trash bags, and other items around 5 p.m.
She called 911 to report Gannon as missing, saying he had failed to return from a friend’s house, but she couldn’t name the friend he was supposedly visiting. According to the affidavit, her account constantly changed throughout the investigation, sometimes including details about the crime that only the killer would know.
The morning after Gannon disappeared, Stauch drove her car to the Colorado Springs airport and parked there. She then rented a car, picked up Gannon’s father from a flight — he’d been out of town for two days — and returned home in the rented vehicle, testified Kevin Clark, who worked the case as an analyst for Colorado Springs police.
Later that night, Stauch retrieved her car and then drove to the area near Colorado 105 and South Perry Park Road in Douglas County, where investigators believe she initially dumped Gannon’s body. Stauch’s phone appeared to be in airplane mode for several hours that night, testimony revealed, and searchers later found a board with Gannon’s blood on it in that area.
On Feb. 1, 2020, Stauch rented a van and drove with her teenage daughter from Colorado to Pensacola. They arrived just after midnight on Feb. 4, he testified. They stayed in a hotel about three miles away from where Gannon’s body was later discovered before heading to Orlando and then South Carolina, where Stauch previously lived.
In an unusual move Thursday, Stauch declined to be present during the preliminary hearing, instead of allowing the proceeding to go forward without her.
The boy’s body was found on March 17, 2020, under a bridge near Pensacola, Florida, wrapped in bedding and inside a suitcase. He had been shot in the jaw, stabbed in the chest and back, and suffered a skull fracture. He also had cuts on his arms and hands that appeared to be defensive wounds, Sgt. Jason Yoder, with the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office in Florida, testified.
Gannon’s body appeared to have been in the suitcase for some time, Yoder testified. Authorities found a bullet in his skull and two shots in a pillow with him in the bag, he said.
In Gannon’s bedroom, investigators found evidence of blood splatter on the walls and bloodstains on his mattress, carpet, and bedroom floor. Authorities also found traces of Gannon’s blood on the family’s garage floor and the bumper of Stauch’s car, according to an affidavit filed against her.
A 9 mm gun found in the family’s home had Stauch’s DNA on it, a well as the DNA of two other people, El Paso County sheriff’s Sgt. Rosario Hubbell testified. The bullet found in Gannnon’s head appeared to have been fired from that gun, he testified.
One of her defense attorneys, Joshua Tolini, pointed out during cross-examination that the back door to the family’s home opened ten times during the window of time in which investigators believe Gannon was killed — he suggested someone else might have entered the house. He also said there was no history of documented child abuse or problems in the home that typically precedes child homicides and said that Stauch’s coworkers and friends described her as a good stepmother.
According to the affidavit, Stauch’s online activity and Google searches suggested she was unhappy in her marriage and may have resented caring for her stepchildren.
Judge Gregory Werner is scheduled to make a ruling on Sept. 23 on whether prosecutors presented evidence showing sufficient probable cause to take the case to trial.