The last time anyone saw Tanner, Alexander, and Andrew Skelton was on Thanksgiving Day 2010. They were last seen with their father, John Skelton, in Morenci, Michigan.
According to a blog post from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, one of Skelton’s neighbors was the last person to see the three boys. They were playing in the backyard.National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
As the boys’ mother, Tanya Zuver, told authorities, she and Skelton were in the middle of a divorce. Her boys were on a scheduled visit at the time.
It is believed that 5-year-old Tanner, 7-year-old Alexander, and 9-year-old Andrew vanished around 2 p.m. on November 26, 2010. Less than 24 hours after their disappearance, Skelton checked himself into a medical facility around 11 a.m. on November 27.
According to the post, Skelton had self-inflicted injuries, and when questioned by the police on the whereabouts of his children, he told them that he left the boys with a woman he met online.Andrew Skelton. National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Skelton has since refused to give any further information about where his three boys could be.
As the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children reported:
Andrew, Alexander, and Tanner were as close as brothers could be. They loved playing soccer, they loved being outside and they especially loved their mom. Family members say you could see their different personalities come out on the soccer field.
Andrew, 9, stayed focused when running down the field with the ball. He was an excellent student and was quieter than his brothers. When he wasn’t studying, he was playing video or computer games.
Alexander, 7, was a great goalkeeper. He was a risk taker and was often the one getting into trouble. He was known to start water fights with his brothers.
Tanner, 5, was the youngest and could usually be found running all over the soccer field. He looked up to, and tried to keep up with, his older brothers. He had a wild imagination that would often result in great stories and laughter.
Now, seven years after the brothers went missing, the authorities were alerted to remains found months ago in September. Testing to see if the remains belong to the boys is currently underway.Alexander Skelton. National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
According to Fox 2 in Detroit, a box — which contained bones and teeth that belonged to children — was found several states away in Missoula, Montana. Following the discovery, the Michigan State Police released this statement:
On Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, the Michigan State Police (MSP) First District Special Investigation Section learned that human remains were found in Montana in September, that were recently determined to likely be the skeletal remains of three children.
MSP investigators are working with Missoula police to determine if there is any connection to Andrew, Alexander and Tanner Skelton who were reported missing from Morenci in Lenawee County the day after Thanksgiving in 2010. There has been nothing previously reported to police linking the brothers to Montana, and it is not known at this time if the remains are from related siblings.
Further forensic testing has been requested by police in Montana that may provide more answers. Until this testing is completed and additional investigation by law enforcement in Montana occurs, it cannot be determined if these remains belong to the missing Skelton brothers.
The statement also revealed that Skelton is currently serving a 10- to 15-year prison sentence after pleading no contest to three counts of unlawful imprisonment in September of 2011.Tanner Skelton. National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
The police statement also asked the public to provide any tips or information they may have to the MSP at www.michigan.gov/michtip or by calling 517-636-0689.
Many who live in the town of Morenci hope that this can be closure for the family, which has been left in the dark for so long. In a statement released by the Skelton family, Fox 2 reported, they thanked everyone for their thoughts and prayers and admitted that they were still trying to processes the news.