The last known photo of Gannon Stauch has now been leaked online in color.
It’s clearly the source image for the grainy black and white image from page 8 of the affidavit.
There are to additional images, one taken from the side and closer to the floor, that we haven’t seen in color yet.
Some have observed that there appears to be a concave bruise or swelling on Gannon’s cheek. Also that the pillows have been “propped up” against the wall. There’s a simple reason why this isn’t a staged image, or a post mortem image: Letecia still hadn’t acquired the carpet cleaner, and there were two other people in the house. Besides that, she was doing online searches late at night indicative that she was preoccupied with a) the damage to the carpet and b) Gannon not going to school.
Given what we know, intuitively it feels like the poor child doesn’t look well. In this sense this image reminds me of the last footage of Shan’ann Watts. But it’s because we know what’s about to happen that we project onto and into the scene. We must be careful not to do that, to see what is there, not what isn’t.
For me the hand laid over his side speaks to me of the boy’s fragility in the same way Captain Miller’s hand speaks to us in Saving Private Ryan. What did that hand try to do hours later when the boy was viciously attacked?
Where is the Nintendo? Where is his phone?
Could Gannon have been attacked or hurt by any of the objects in his bedroom, particularly right beside his bed, and his head?
If the murder occurred in the bedroom, wasn’t Gannon’s murderer afraid of being seen through the window?
Are there curtains or blinds, and were they drawn at the time the image was taken, or when the police first visited the room?
It certainly doesn’t appear to be the case that Gannon slept with curtains closed going by this image.
What was the purpose of taking these images? Was it to “prove” Gannon was okay hours before he was about to not be okay, and be disappeared for over a month from this day onwards?
Finally, did Gannon know Letecia was taking this image as he lay there?