Woman arrested in Myrtle Beach on murder charge related to missing 11-year-old Colorado boy


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

The family spokesperson said Leticia Stauch was arrested in the Myrtle Beach, South Carolina area and is a facing a first-degree murder of a child under 12 years of age by a person in a position of trust charge.

Leticia Stauch said she last saw Gannon between 3:15 and 4 p.m. on Jan. 27 heading to a friend’s home in their suburban El Paso County neighborhood.

During a news conference Monday afternoon, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office said Gannon Stauch has not been located and said they will continue their search to locate him.

“We would like to express our deepest sympathies to Gannon’s family and friends,” Sheriff Bill Elder said. “There is no way to express the depths of our sympathy and our hearts break for you.”

Lt. Mitch Mihalko with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office added that “while we have not yet found Gannon, information has been developed that is helping us narrow our search. As you can see from the arrest, sadly, we do not believe Gannon is alive.”

Leticia Stauch is being held without bond in the J. Reuben Long Detention Center in Horry County, S.C.

Along with the first-degree murder charge, Stauch also faces child abuse resulting in death, tampering with a deceased body and tampering with physical evidence charges.

Gannon Stauch’s mother, Landen Hiott, spoke to media during the news conference Monday calling her son her “hero.”

“I never thought I’d be standing here. It’s a nightmare,” Hiott said. “I’ve had to put trust in the people I don’t know. Today, I got the worst news and the best news. Obviously, we know what the worst news is. The best news is that justice will be served. And I’ll make sure that justice is served, because my body did not deserve any of this that has happened to him.”

Hiott also asked the media to hold off on questions at this time.

“Hold off on questions until we know that this person, the stepmom that I even trusted, that she will pay a hundred percent for this heinous thing she done,” she said.

“I want to leave this Earth knowing that justice was served for my boy,” Hiott said.

Watch the full news conference below:

News13 will stream this news conference on our website here and on our Facebook page here.

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


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