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Details released in the investigation into the murder of Gannon Stauch

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – According to Denver 7 News, a newly released arrest warrant affidavit for the stepmother of Gannon Stauch said evidence showed that she reportedly killed the 11-year-old Colorado Springs boy in his bedroom on January 27th, 2020.

Gannon was reported missing by his stepmother, Letecia Stauch later the same day. She told police that he had left their home to visit a friend’s house down the street.

According to the El Paso Sheriff’s Office, she made the report around 7 p.m. that day.

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The affidavit, released by authorities on April 3rd, detailed blood splatter found on the walls in Gannon’s room and enough blood loss on his mattress and floor to indicate a “violent event” happened in the room.

The affidavit also said Letecia Stauch, Gannon’s stepmother, “lied to investigators on multiple occasions” and exhibited “abnormal behavior” in the days after the boy disappeared.

The affidavit also detailed the varying stories Letecia Stauch told investigators about Gannon’s disappearance: That he had been kidnapped; that he had gone to a friend’s home and never returned; that she and Gannon had been in northern El Paso County and Gannon fell off his bicycle and hit his head, and then was abducted.

“Letecia has not provided a fully truthful statement to investigators at any point during this investigation, particularly regarding the circumstances of Gannon’s disappearance,” the affidavit said.

Letecia Stauch faces a murder charge and eight counts of crime of violence in the case and was arrested March 2.

Letecia Stauch (courtesy of the El Paso County Colorado Sheriff’s Office)

It was sixteen days later, on March 18, when a road worker found Gannon’s body just off Highway 90 in Pace, Fla. Letecia Stauch also faces charges of child abuse resulting in death and tampering with a deceased human body.

The affidavit released Friday was written on Feb. 28 and did not include information about how Gannon’s body ended up in Florida.

The affidavit filed in the case alleges that Letecia Stauch killed Gannon on January 27th, after about 2:15 p.m. Gannon’s body was then likely taken into the garage and loaded into the back of Letecia Stauch’s leased Volkswagen Tiguan, the affidavit said.

Law enforcement say that she later cleaned the scene in Gannon’s bedroom and then, on the following evening, Jan. 28, drove Gannon’s remains and dumped them in an area off Highway 105 and South Perry Park Road in southern Douglas County, according to the affidavit.

Investigators said the Metro Crime Laboratory later determined that blood discovered in Gannon’s bedroom and in the Stauchs’ garage matched blood on a piece of particleboard found near Highway 105 and South Perry Park Road.

Before Gannon’s remains were dumped, the affidavit said, Letecia Stauch on the morning of Jan. 28 went to pick up Gannon’s father, Albert Stauch, at the Colorado Springs airport. Albert Stauch had been on a work trip with the National Guard for the previous three days.

When he arrived back in Colorado Springs, Letecia Stauch picked him up in a Kia Rio that she had rented that morning, the affidavit said. She told her husband that she rented the vehicle because she was concerned about putting mileage on her leased vehicle, the Volkswagen Tiguan, but investigators called the timing of the rental “suspicious,” according to the affidavit.

Investigators say that they later discovered that Letecia Stauch’s Tiguan was left in short-term parking at the airport while she was driving the rental vehicle.

On the night of Jan. 28, data from the Tiguan showed it leaving the Colorado Springs Airport, about 7 p.m., and then later showed it was in the area of Highway 105 and South Perry Park Road in Douglas County, where authorities alleged that Gannon’s body was dumped.

Investigators seized the Tiguan from Letecia Stauch on Jan. 29 and the affidavit said possible traces of blood were found on the rear of the vehicle, on a rear passenger seat, a front passenger seat and an area near the glovebox.

This article originally appeared on Cap City News. Used with permission.