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Remains of missing Colorado 11-year-old boy found in Florida

(CNN) — A body found this week in the Florida Panhandle has been tentatively identified as Gannon Stauch, the 11-year-old boy who went missing from his Colorado Springs home in January, officials said Friday.

The remains were found Wednesday in Pace, roughly 15 miles northeast of Pensacola, a press release from the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office in Colorado said.

An autopsy tentatively identified the remains as Gannon’s, the release said.

Gannon was reported missing Jan. 27 after his mother told police he left home and never came back. He was pronounced dead on March 2, the same day his stepmother, Leticia Stauch, was arrested in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Stauch was charged with first-degree murder of a child under 12 by a person in a position of trust, child abuse resulting in death, tampering with a deceased human body and tampering with physical evidence.

In the release, the sheriff’s office asked for anyone who saw Leticia Stauch in Pace or Pensacola “during the time frame of February 3-5, 2020” to call the sheriff’s office at 719-520-6666 or email tips@elpasoco.com.

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