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Gannon Stauch's Father Thanks Community For Support After 11-Year-Old's Remains Found

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4) - Gannon Stauch's father released a statement just days after investigators confirmed that his 11-year-old's sons remains were found in Florida. Gannon's stepmother, Letecia Stauch, has been charged in his murder.

The statement was posted on Restoration Church's Facebook page and reads: I would like to take this opportunity to reach out to the community here in Colorado and all over the nation to express my deepest gratitude and true heartfelt appreciation for the overwhelming support.

Many of you have either requested or inquired about information from me or interaction with me throughout these past two months. As you can tell from the initial missing child report, to the arrest and charges in early March, and now the wonderful, yet gut-wrenching news that Gannon's body has been recovered, this has been a heartbreaking and absolutely devastating time period in my life.

I am a very private person anyways, but balancing my desire to show my great appreciation and my need to cope with the continually evolving devastation has not been easy. I thank each member of the community and media that has respected my privacy and need to process everything that has happened.

Those who I have personally trusted with information in the public have respected my privacy in an epic manner, and to those one to two people I owe you a lifelong debt of gratitude. If there is any question about whom I trust, take a look at who releases this statement. Anyone else is simply using me, my precious, heartbroken daughter, and my loving family as fodder for their personal agenda, which is absolutely despicable.

To those who are loving, supportive, and peaceful, thank you a million times over and God bless you all. I will more than likely not give any public interviews or statements until the end of the case, but I thank you all in advance for respecting my approach.

Al Stauch

Gannon was reported missing in late January from the Colorado Springs area and for more than a month the search for the 11-year-old received extensive media coverage. Then on March 2 authorities made the bombshell announcement that his stepmother, Letecia Stauch, was under arrest and charged in his murder. That development came despite the fact that the boy's remains hadn't been found at the time.

The Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office says they found the murdered boy's body in Pace, Florida, last Wednesday.

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