Community holds prayer vigil for 11-year-old Loris native reported missing in Colorado

Community holds prayer vigil for 11-year-old Loris native reported missing in Colorado

LORIS, S.C. (WMBF) – The Loris community gathered Wednesday night to pray for the safe return of an 11-year-old boy who disappeared from his home in Colorado Springs.

Gannon Stauch was born in the Loris area but moved to Colorado to live with his father a few years ago. He still has family living in the area, including his mother and grandparents.

Gannon was last seen on January 27. According to Colorado investigators, Gannon told his stepmother he was going to a friend’s house down the street.

Surveillance video from a neighbor shows a driver and passenger getting into a truck the day Gannon vanished. But when the truck returns a few hours later, only one person gets out.

About 60 people came out to the vigil on Main Street and prayed.

Melissa Todd, who organized the vigil, said that she sends her love to the family as they search for answers in the case.

“Our prayers are with you guys. We’re praying that Gannon comes home. We’re doing everything on this end. We love you guys and know he’s coming home,” Todd said.

For nearly 20 minutes family and friends stood together praying as the sun slowly set over the Loris community.

“Father you go on to tell us in Romans 8:28, that all things both good and bad work together for good for those that love him," said Pastor Tommy Shelley.

As hundreds search in Colorado, hundreds more in the small town of Loris are doing their part to share Gannon’s story through social media.

His father has been overwhelmed by the outpour of love and support.

“It blew me away, so thank you everyone,” said Al Stauch.

Gannon has brown hair and brown eyes. He is 4 feet 9 inches tall and weighs about 90 pounds. He was last seen wearing a blue jacket, blue jeans and tennis shoes.

Anyone with information on Gannon’s whereabouts is asked to call the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office at 719-390-5555 or 911.

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