Remains found in Montana may be three missing MI boys


Investigators tested the collection of teeth, rocks and a lower jaw bone which they determined belonged to three children between 2-4 years old, 5-8 years old and 6-10 years old at the time of their death.

WILX in Lansing, Michigan reports Michigan State Police reached out to police in Missoula, Montana on whether the remains of three children found in a box in a shed in the town may be those of the Skelton brothers. Significant assistance has also been provided by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

No suspect has been now identified in the case, but neighbors of the home where the remains were found are concerned about the tenants. "We don't know where the bones came from, and if they were transported from one area to another, and ended up here".

Michigan State Police have confirmed that they're investigating whether the remains could belong to the Skelton brothers.

"I know the family, and it's just sad that they bring this out without having the confirmation of a positive outcome of this", he said.

The three missing boys, Alexander, 9, Andrew, 7, and Tanner Skelton, 5, went missing in 2010 from Morenci, Mich.

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The case galvanized the community for years, as the boys' mother, Tanya Zuvers, remained committed to keeping their memories and the case alive. Police believe he killed the children because of a nasty custody fight.

A spokesman for the Michigan State Police said they have requested more information about the Montana discovery but cautioned it was too early to say whether there's a connection to the Skelton brothers. Their mother told police her husband never returned the boys after a Thanksgiving visit.

When pressed by authorities about what he had done with his sons, Skelton originally said they were with a friend, Crime Watch Daily reported.

In the Skelton case, their father, John Skelton, is serving a 10-15 year prison sentence for unlawful imprisonment.

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.

Andrew, Alexander and Tanner vanished from their Morenci, Michigan home seven years ago, the day after Thanksgiving.