The stepmother of Gannon Stauch, the Colorado 11-year-old missing since Jan. 27, has been arrested on suspicion of murdering the boy. No body has been found, but authorities say they believe Gannon Stauch is dead. Letecia Stauch told investigators she last saw her stepson at home before he left in the afternoon to visit a friend. Surveillance video later surfaced that allegedly shows Letecia and Gannon Stauch leaving the home together in a vehicle in the morning and Letecia Stauch returning alone some four hours later. She subsequently released a lengthy statement insisting Gannon had returned home with her and simply couldn't be seen on the recording. Deputies would not comment on the video and blasted "misinformation" circulating social media about the case.
Letecia Stauch was arrested in Myrtle Beach, SC, on suspicion of first-degree murder and will be extradited to Colorado, 9 News reports. "Justice will be served because my boy does not deserve this," Gannon's mother, Landen Hiott, said during a press conference announcing the arrest, per CBS Denver and WPDE. "Please hold off questions until we know that this person, this stepmom that I even trusted, that she will pay 100% for this heinous thing that she did." Heavy reports Letecia Stauch, who married Al Stauch in 2015, previously lived in South Carolina. Al Stauch shared custody of the child with Hiott, who currently lives in South Carolina. That's where Al Stauch initially served in the Army National Guard; he now does so in Colorado. (Read more missing child stories.)