Stepmother arrested in Myrtle Beach on murder charge in disappearance of 11-year-old Gannon Stauch


EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. (KDVR/WBTW) — A family spokesperson said the stepmother of Gannon Stauch, the 11-year-old boy who disappeared more than a month ago, was arrested.

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office said the stepmother of Gannon Stauch, the 11-year-old boy who disappeared more than a month ago, was arrested on several charges, including first-degree murder.

Letecia Stauch was arrested at 8:04 a.m. on Monday in Myrtle Beach and is being held without bond. She is facing charges of first-degree murder, child abuse resulting in death, tampering with a deceased body and tampering with physical evidence.

Letecia is in the Myrtle Beach jail awaiting bond and extradition hearings before being transported to the El Paso County Jail in Colorado Springs.

During a news conference in Colorado on Monday, Gannon’s biological mother, Landen Hiott spoke to the media following the news of her son’s death.

“Today I got the worst news and the best news. Obviously we know what the worst news is, but the best news is that justice will be served. And I’ll make sure that justice is served, because my boy did not deserve any of what happened to him. I urge media one more time to hold off on questions until we know that this person, the step mom, that I even trusted, that she will pay 100 percent for this heinous thing she has done,” Hiott said.

Letecia reported Gannon called 911 on Jan. 27 to report Gannon had not returned from a friend’s house. She said she last saw him between 3:15 and 4 p.m. heading to a friend’s home in their suburban El Paso County neighborhood.

Authorities called him a runaway when it first asked the public for help finding him. But the sheriff’s office announced Jan. 30 that Gannon was considered a missing and endangered child because of the time he had been gone, his age and his reliance on medication.

This is a developing update. Count on News13 for update.


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