Skelton Brothers Still Missing for Almost 7 Years

By Janita Kan
Janita Kan
Janita Kan
Janita Kan is a reporter based in New York covering the Justice Department, courts, and First Amendment.
November 16, 2017 Updated: November 16, 2017

Three brothers from Michigan are still missing nearly seven years after their father said he “gave them to a group.”

Andrew, Alexander, and Tanner Skelton were last seen on seen Nov. 26, 2010, in the front of their father’s home in Morenci, Michigan. Andrew was 9 years old, Alexander was 7, and Tanner was 5 at the time of their disappearance.

During that time, an Amber Alert was issued, and the FBI joined the search efforts spanned through both Michigan and Ohio.

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Andrew (L), Alexander (C) and Tanner (R) vanished in 2010. Age-processed photos of what the brothers may look like now. (National Center for Missing Children)

Their father, John Skelton, is currently in prison for unlawful imprisonment of the boys. He was supposed to bring them back to their mother on the day of their disappearance but never did, police said.

According to WDIV, John Skelton has changed his story over the years. His original story claimed that he had given the boys to a group.

However, the boys remain missing and no group has come out to report the safety of the children.

He also said that he gave the boys away in order to protect them from their mother who was convicted of fourth-degree criminal misconduct for sex with a 14-year-old boy in the 1990s.

The boy’s mother, Tanya Skelton, has been anxiously waiting for the return of her sons and hopes that they will be found alive.

“I wonder, are they scared? Are they crying for me?” she told WDIV. “It’s so hard to imagine them hurting for me and not being able to do anything about it.”

Tanya Skelton said that the father’s claims about protecting the boys from her are untrue.

“That has all been investigated. My stuff was gone through. My children come first. [T]o say that I abused my sons, (that) kills me,” she told the news station.

Lt. Detective Jeremy Brewer is the lead detective actively looking for the boys. He said that the police are closer to solving the case than in 2010 and he “firmly believes without a doubt” that they would get some type of closure one day, reported WDIV.

“As a police officer, you know, you’re realistic. You have to be realistic because you’ve had cases that some are solved and some are not,” Brewer said.

The National Center for Missing Children has created age-progressed photos of what they might look like in the hope that someone may be able to provide further information about them.



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Janita Kan
Janita Kan is a reporter based in New York covering the Justice Department, courts, and First Amendment.