DENVER (KDVR) — A new petition on change.org is asking for signatures to create a law to ensure children under the age of 13 are classified as missing or endangered, nearly a month after 11-year-old Gannon Stauch went missing.
Stauch disappeared on Jan. 27. His stepmother, Letecia Stauch, said she last saw him between 3:15 and 4 p.m. heading to a friend’s home in their suburban El Paso County neighborhood.
The petition received more than 15,000 signatures in about 24 hours.
Taran Witt, the petition’s creator says she doesn’t know Gannon’s family personally and lives out of state. Witt says as a mother, she feels strongly about how Gannon’s case was handled in the beginning.
“I just don’t feel like a child that young — even a runaway — should be classified as anything other than missing and endangered from very early on,” said Witt.
Witt says she has not yet reached out to lawmakers about the petition. She says even if Gannon comes home safe, she will continue to push for change.
The Colorado Bureau of Investigation released a statement in regard to criteria for Endangered and Missing Child cases:
“The CBI works closely with law enforcement to determine the best course of action based on the specific components of each case/investigation involving a missing child.”
Gannon is about 4 feet 9 inches tall and about 90 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a blue jacket and jeans at home, off Mandan Drive in Security.
At this point, no suspects have been named in the case and it is not being called a criminal investigation.
The sheriff’s office is asking for anyone who has factual information related to Gannon’s disappearance to call 719-520-6666 or email email@example.com.
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