EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. -- On Monday, Feb. 3, one week after an 11-year-old Colorado boy went missing, El Paso County authorities received a new piece of evidence to further the investigation into Gannon Stauch’s disappearance.
KDVR obtained a copy of this evidence that came from a neighbor's surveillance camera but decided to honor a request from the El Paso County Sheriff's Office not to describe or show it yet to ensure that the investigation wouldn't be compromised.
As the search for Stauch continued, investigations centered around the home he was last seen leaving on Jan. 27. Investigators walked inside of the home with gloves and left with evidence bags.
“There’s a lot being done behind the scenes, especially on the investigative side,” said Jacqueline Kirby with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office.
A few doors down, neighbor Roderrick Drayton did some investigating on his own.
“I couldn’t sleep so I just stayed up and I started looking through ,” Drayton said, adding, “I looked through on my tablet, then I said, 'Let me look on my TV to be sure.'”
Police asked KDVR not to share what he found yet.
“This is something the investigators are looking into and it would be part of our investigation,” Kirby said.
Drayton took the footage to Stauch’s father, who immediately called detectives.
“He just broke down crying,” Drayton said.
Drayton said detectives were moved by the footage too.
“They said this is the break they needed,” Drayton said.
KDVR asked the sheriff’s office if they were getting closer to finding answers Monday afternoon.
“I don’t have that answer," said Kirby. "I don’t know, but I can say this is being worked tirelessly and we won’t stop."
KDVR said they would share the footage as soon as the sheriff’s office approved it.
Meanwhile, detectives asked anyone with tips or information to call the tip line at 719-520-6666.