The search for three missing boys from Morenci, Michigan has been suspended. Police officials from Morenci have determined that after an exhausting six day search for the children, Tanner, age 5 years, Alexander, age 7 years, and Andrew, age 9 years, a small army of volunteers will suspend efforts Friday. Volunteers will stop their search and leave the responsibility of finding the missing children in the hands of law enforcement and the FBI.
The boys went missing while under the supervision of their father, thirty nine year old John Skelton late last week. The boys' parents were estranged, following the filing for divorce by their mother, Tanya, in September. Morenci Police Chief Larry Weeks does "not anticipate a positive outcome" from the search as efforts have not been successful and dive teams have turned up nothing.
Skelton is in police custody in Lucas County, Ohio and facing charges for parental kidnapping. Mr. Skelton claimed he left the boys with a woman named Joann Taylor and then attempted to hang himself. Authorities have determined there is no relationship between Mr. Skelton and Ms. Taylor and Mr. Skelton is not forthcoming on where the missing children are. An extradition hearing will be held on December 14.
In a statement offered today by a spokeswoman for the family, the Skeltons are thankful to volunteers and law enforcement for their efforts and refused any further comment. News conferences regarding the case will also discontinue.
A $10,000 dollar reward was offered by an anonymous donor for any information regarding the whereabouts of the Skelton boys. Call
1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678) with any tips.