Authorities have intensified the search for Gannon Stauch, an 11-year-old boy from Colorado Springs who went missing last week. According to ABC 11, Gannon was last seen on January 27 when he reportedly stepped out to visit a friend's house. He has not been seen or heard from since.
Gannon's disappearance came to light after his stepmother Letecia Stauch filed a missing complaint with the El Paso County Sheriff's office stating that her child was missing. The report adds that officials initially treated Gannon's case as another instance of a runaway kid. However, with Gannon now missing for more than a week, authorities are treating it as a missing/endangered case.
Following an appeal seeking public help in finding Gannon, authorities launched a large-scale search operation to look for him. Apart from agencies, local volunteers have also chipped in with their support. Inclement weather and continuous snowfall have, however, been a cause of concern with some areas reporting more than six inches of snow, severely hampering the search efforts.
Meanwhile, the FBI has also joined the efforts and is assisting local agencies and volunteer groups who continue to look for Gannon. The El Paso County Sherrif's office has confirmed that the search would continue as long as conditions allowed.
According to ABC 7, authorities are also examining a surveillance video handed over to them by one of Gannon's neighbors. The video reportedly shows Letecia Stauch get in a red pickup truck with Gannon in tow. When the truck returned nearly four hours later, only Letecia was seen getting out of the vehicle. It is unclear if authorities are also questioning Letecia in connection with the case.