Letecia “Tecia” Stauch told authorities she last saw her stepson, Gannon Stauch, on the afternoon of Jan. 27 when he went to a friend’s home, according to an El Paso County Sheriff’s Office news release.
But a neighbor, 49-year-old Roderrick Drayton, said his home surveillance video showed a female relative and Gannon get into a truck that Monday morning. When the woman returned home about four hours later, only she got out of the truck and went inside, Drayton told The Denver Post in a Tuesday interview.
“I mean, it blows her story out of the water,” Drayton said. “She came back at 2:19 without him.”
El Paso sheriff’s Sgt. Deborah Mynatt said Tuesday that the sheriff’s office will not discuss the video, according to an interview broadcast on Denver7’s Facebook page. Mynatt declined to identify any persons of interest in the case.
“Any piece of this investigation is big to us,” Mynatt said. She added that detectives are investigating every part of the timeline of Gannon’s disappearance.
Drayton said after he saw inconsistencies in his neighbor’s story he shared the video with police. If it was one of his two kids he would want someone else to step forward and do the same, he said.
He occasionally saw Gannon playing with his sisters in the front yard.
“He was a good kid,” Drayton said.
During the Denver7 interview, Mynatt expressed frustration with the proliferation of speculative theories about what happened to Gannon. Some of the more than 180 tips the sheriff’s office has received have been theoretical, she said.
“We have to vet each one of these,” Mynatt said. “It takes time away from an investigation.”
Still, the sergeant encourages anyone who may have seen Gannon or something suspicious to come forward.“We want anything that you’ve seen with your own eyes,” Mynatt said.
Law enforcement first alerted the public about Gannon and listed him as a runaway. His disappearance later was listed as a missing/endangered child.
Scores of volunteers, sheriff’s deputies and FBI agents have been involved in efforts to find Gannon since he disappeared eight days ago.