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Exclusive: Mother of missing 11-year-old Gannon Stauch pleads with public to help bring her son home

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Posted at 10:24 PM, Feb 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-21 12:10:08-05

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The mother of 11-year-old Gannon Stauch is pleading with the public to help bring her son home.

Gannon went missing on January 27 from his Lorson Ranch neighborhood in Colorado Springs.

On Thursday, Landen Hiott, Gannon's mother, spoke exclusively with ABC News about her son's disappearance.

"I don't want to wait another day," Hiott said. "He is mommy's little man. If he is not with me, he is hurting."

She said her life was finally getting on track when she got a call that her son was missing. She immediately flew in from South Carolina.

Gannon was last seen on surveillance video getting into a truck with his step-mother, but hours later, when she returned, he wasn't in sight. On that same day, he was reported missing. Crews have searched several sites in Colorado Springs and expanded the search to Douglas County in hopes of finding a clue. They have also turned to technology to help search bodies of water.

Neighbors have lit up blue lights and held vigils to help find Gannon.

"This is the longest time that I have not heard his voice, and the only thing I could do is just keep playing video's back and forth of, 'Mommy, I love you,'" Hiott told ABC News.

She admits she gets emotional and angry when she overhears people speculating on the case. But she said she's doing her best to stay focused despite all of her questions.

During the interview, she broke down in tears.

"The only thing I can question is like, 'Why? Why Gannon? Because he does not deserve this at all," Hiott said. "I need my boy like, more than air, more than life."

She said she's not sure how to explain to her youngest son about his brother's disappearance.

Hiott describes Gannon as a caring son who loves jokes. Confident, she said he would never run away.

She is pleading with the public to share credible tips and for her son to come home.

"Bubba, if you see this, mommy wants you home," Hiott said. "I know that you want to be home, and I will do anything in this world to make sure that I can get you. You are my hero. You are my baby. And I want you to come home so bad."

She said she wants everyone to know her son's face and added that she won't let his story die until he comes home.

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office says its goal continues to be to find the boy and bring him home safely. Anyone with credible tips is asked to call the sheriff’s office’s tip line at 719-520-6666 or email tips@elpasoco.com.