Since the disappearance of Andrew, Alexander and Tanner Skelton, then 9, 7 and 5 respectively, on Thanksgiving weekend of 2010, several government authorities with assistance from the National Center for Missing Exploited Children (NCMEC) have spent countless hours trying to find them.
Their mother, Tanya Zuver, had to let the boys go to their father’s home for a scheduled visit in Morenci, Michigan and that was the last she saw of them. Tuesday has now found the Michigan State Police (MSP) taking over the investigation.
The boys’ father, John Skelton, is sitting in the Bellamy Creek Correctional Facility serving his 10-to-15-year sentence and, although he has talked with investigators, he has said Andrew, Alexander and Tanner are with “members of an underground sanctuary”; it appears as if it is going to be even longer before answers are to be had.
A timeline had the boys playing soccer in their father’s backyard on Thanksgiving Day 2010 (a neighbor had seen them playing), the next day on the 26th cell phone towers placed Skelton very close to Holiday City, Ohio and then home again; where he then checked himself into a medical facility for self-inflicted injuries at 11 a.m.
Morenci Police Chief Larry Weeks had been quoted as saying, “I’m skeptical of what he’s [Skelton] saying, we’re not expecting a positive outcome” in 2010 and has since, in an effort to better find answers, met with investigators, prosecutors, behavioral experts and members of the NCMEC staff to discuss the case.
NCMEC Case Manager Patrick Maney said, “It was one of the largest case reviews that has been hosted by NCMEC. We had over 30 experts here who are dedicated to resolving this case.”
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Skelton has said he gave the boys to a “woman on the internet”, who he had only met through the internet and didn’t know her personally, that he gave them to a woman by the name of Joann Taylor, to spare them from seeing his suicide, that the woman he didn’t know was part of some organization that he refuses to name.
He has zero credibility and yet he lingers over what he has done making the boys' mother wait anxiously, never knowing from one moment to the next what today might bring.
Zuver has stated she will hold onto hope that they are alive, and will do so unless otherwise indicated by Skelton, but she does have to admit, sadly, that, “As time goes on and we haven’t found them, there is the greater possibility that they’re not coming home alive.”
Although the MSP will be the lead investigating agency, the NCMEC, FBI and Morenci Police Department are still all going to throwing their resources behind this case.
Andrew, Alexander and Tanner Skelton are still missing. View their poster: http://ow.ly/qAjLZ. If you have any information contact us at 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678). Calls can be made anonymously.
For more info: for those who live Ohio and want more information, please contact the Ohio Attorney Generals Office at: 800-282-0515 or local: 614-466-4986. They are located at 30 E Broad St #14, Columbus, OH 43215 (Transit: E Broad St & N High St). For directions, please see Google Maps
Ohio Missing Persons Community Support:
- Ohio Attorney General: ‘In this traumatic time do not cut yourself off from others who can support you such as family, friends and clergy. Talk to your doctor if increased stress is affecting your health.”
- Team Hope: The mission of Team HOPE is to assist families with missing, exploited and recovered children by offering peer support including empowerment, emotional support and coping skills from a trained volunteer who has had or still has a missing or exploited child.
Sources: http://blog.missingkids.com/post/66370500626/three-years-later-three-brothers-still-missing; http://www.woodtv.com/news/local/se-mich/skelton-says-organization-has-3-boys; http://mdocweb.state.mi.us/OTIS2/otis2profile.aspx?mdocNumber=812593; http://www.freep.com/article/20131119/NEWS/311190126/Missing-Skelton-Morenci-boys, Elisha Anderson