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MI TANNER, ALEXANDER, & ANDREW SKELTON: Missing from Morenci, MI - November 2010 - Age 5, 7, & 9

Discussion in 'Missing 2010 to 2014' started by fran, May 13, 2015.

  1. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    Mom of 3 Michigan boys missing nearly 5 years says she's now almost certain they're dead

    TOLEDO, Ohio – The mother of three Michigan boys missing since Thanksgiving 2010 says she now believes they're dead.

    Tanya Zuvers says she's hanging on to a sliver of hope but she's almost certain they're dead.

    The boys were last seen at their father's home in Morenci, near the Michigan-Ohio border. Tanner Skelton was 5, Alexander Skelton was 7 and Andrew Skelton was 9.

    Dad John Skelton pleaded no contest to unlawful imprisonment and is serving 10 to 15 years in prison. He maintains he didn't harm his children.


    Mother of missing Morenci brothers now believes they're dead



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  2. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    This is one of those cases that I can't believe hasn't been solved! THREE boys missing, father last one to see them, and there's nothing to go on?
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  3. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    IF the boys are ok, they are most likely with relatives. Wonder if his parents are still around? Siblings?

    We'll have to do some sleuthing on this one, for sure!

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  4. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Where Are The Skelton Brothers? Mom Remains Hopeful 5 Years After 3 Sons Disappeared

    The mother of three young boys who went missing over the Thanksgiving holiday in 2010 near the Michigan-Ohio border hopes the five-year anniversary of their disappearance will bring answers.

    A candlelight ceremony for Andrew, Alexander and Tanner Skelton will be held Nov. 26 in Morenci, Michigan, at a park where the boys used to play. They would be 14, 12 and 10, respectively, as of next week.


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  5. MadgeS

    MadgeS Bronze Member

    Sending prayers.
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  6. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Another Thanksgiving and we still don't know what their sperm donor did with them. :vigil: :vigil: :vigil:

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  7. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Missing in Michigan: Families banding together to find strength

    Many family members of the more than 4,000 missing persons in Michigan are banding together to find comfort and strength as they seek answers in their respective cases.

    In Morenci, the heartbreak for Tanya Zuvers is five years old.

    "There are days I allow myself to just... Spend time alone. I don't want to be around anybody."

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  8. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Skelton boys still missing after 6 years, new age-progression photos available

    November 2016 marked the sixth year Andrew, Alexander and Tanner Skelton have been missing. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children recently released new age-progression photos of the three boys.

    Investigators continue to be vigilant in following any leads on this case and ask people spending time in the woods to be their extra "eyes and ears" as they walk the areas of lower Michigan and northern Ohio. If anything suspicious is located, please contact the MSP immediately.

    "The Skelton case continues to be a high priority investigation for us," said D/Sgt. Jeremy Brewer of the MSP First District Special Investigation Section. "We have followed up on each and every tip and are committed to investigate all leads. Our hope is to find Andrew, Alexander and Tanner."

    The public is asked to provide any tips or information to the MSP at www.michigan.gov/michtip or by calling 517-636-0689.

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  9. TripleA

    TripleA Zoo Keeper

    Losing one child must be completely life altering and devastating, but to lose all three is absolutely unimaginable. God Bless Tanya and the rest of the family of these three precious boys. If they are alive out there, may God keep them safe and one day soon bring them home.
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  10. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Morenci keeps hope alive for missing Skelton boys

    After her three sons disappeared in 2010, Tanya Zuvers still bought them Christmas presents. On Easter, she prepared Easter baskets. On their birthdays, she wrote birthday cards.

    Six years later, the gifts and cards remain unopened. Andrew, Alexander and Tanner Skelton, who were 9, 7 and 5 when they disappeared, are still missing.

    And Zuvers has come to accept a parent’s worst nightmare — her children may never come home.

    “I know realistically they may not come home alive, but I will always have that hope,” she said.

    While residents are hopeful about the Skelton boys being alive, people involved in the investigation don’t harbor such positive thoughts.

    Even during the first week of the disappearance, when hundreds of volunteers mounted all-day searches of farms and woods surrounding the town, police feared the worst.

    Some 2,000 tips later, they haven’t learned anything to change their minds.

    “Every day that goes by, there’s less and less of a chance we will find something positive out of this,” Brewer said.

    But he continues to work the case vigorously. A $60,000 reward is being offered to anyone who helps authorities find the children.


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  11. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    3 Michigan brothers still missing nearly 7 years after father says he gave them away

    For the better part of a decade, there have been more questions than answers in the disappearance of the three Skelton brothers.

    The Skelton brothers have been missing from Morenci, Michigan, since 2010. Their father sits behind bars, and their mother holds out hope that her sons will be found alive.

    It's been seven years since anyone has seen Andrew, Alexander and Tanner Skelton.

    "I wonder, are they scared?" Tanya Skelton said. "Are they crying for me?"

    Tanya Skelton said she's heartbroken that her sons haven't been found.

    "It's so hard to imagine them hurting for me and not being able to do anything about it," she said.

    The people of the small town felt her pain, and many still think of the boys to this day.

    "Everybody thinks about it, but time does cover things up," a resident said.

    "It was the talk of the town for awhile, but then it died down," another resident said.


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  12. spike

    spike Bronze Member

    The ultimate cruelty.:mad:
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  13. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Crime Victims parents worst fears," it was the Talk of the Town and then it died down". :(
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  14. Imamazed

    Imamazed Lead Administrator Staff Member


    Michigan State Police investigate possible new development in case of missing Skelton brothers

    Michigan State Police is requesting information from the Missoula, Montana Police Department after a box of human remains were discovered in a shed.

    Michigan State Police is looking into a possible connection to three brothers who went missing from Morenci, Michigan more than seven years ago - Andrew, Alexander and Tanner Skelton.

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    Missoula, Montana police found a box containing bones and teeth believed to be from three children back in September.

    KECI in Montana reports the tenant of the rental property had been evicted the previous week. A cleaning crew found a box in a shed on the property that contained what was suspected to be human remains.

    The Montana Crime Lab confirmed the remains were human. A University of Montana anthropology professor estimated the ages of the children to be 6-to-10 years old, 5-to-8 years old and 2-to-4 years old when they died.

    Local 4's Sandra Ali is en route to Morenci, Michigan right now, gathering information for a live report on Local 4 News at 6 p.m.
  15. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    I highly doubt this is them. It is definitely worth checking, of course. But I don't think them being 2,000 miles away (several states away and at least 26-hour drive one way) is likely.
    Also, Missoula police seem to have a suspect in this case.
    But, anything is possible.

    Law enforcement officers in western Montana have a person of interest that they wanted to interview. The remains were found in a box in the shed of a Missoula home in September. A cleaning crew found the box when a tenant was evicted.

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  16. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    If it is the boys, it will be the craziest case I ever heard of.
  17. Uno2Much

    Uno2Much Bronze Member

    It will be interesting to learn who those tenants are and their story of how they came to be in possession of that box of remains. Do they have connections to John Skelton? Do they claim to have been given the box by someone else (i.e., John Skelton) for safekeeping?

    I'm curious as to why this is coming out in the news now, since the remains were discovered in Sept. I have to think there's a good reason why investigators are considering the possibility that the remains belong to the Skelton brothers and agree with the boys' mother:

    Their mother Tanya Zuvers recently spoke out about the case. She says although she hopes her boys will return home safe, there is a reason the police are investigating this as a homicide.

    As an aside: It's really sad when you have to dig deep in the Internet news to find major updates on cases like this because the main news page is almost nothing but politics. :mad:
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  18. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    You can say that again! :rant:
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  19. Uno2Much

    Uno2Much Bronze Member

    Cleaners found a box of bones in a Montana shed. Could it unlock a Michigan mystery?

    Back in Montana, police this week have repeatedly searched the property where the bones were discovered, with the assistance of an anthropology professor and graduate students from the University of Montana, according to court filings. The police application for a search record also notes a person of interest with whom police hope to speak.

    According to the court filing, a city residential housing code compliance officer told police about a man — his name had been redacted from the document - who had "illegally occupied the backyard of the property last year." The man lived in a camper in the backyard with access to the garage and shed. The inspector told police she felt the man had a "surveillance camera set up to alert him to the presence" of visitors.

    More at: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/...igan-mystery-missing-boys-20171216-story.html

    BBM........Creepy. :eek:
  20. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

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