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    Break in Skelton case? MI police reach out to Montana authorities about unidentified

    Dec 14, 2017


    MORENCI, MI (WTOL) -

    One of the most infamous cold cases in Michigan history, and one that has transfixed the local community for years, may have new life.

    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.

    The three brothers from Morenci, Michigan went missing in November of 2010.

    According to MTN News, a cleaning crew discovered the remains in September.

    Police obtained a search warrant and began an investigation. Police say they have a person of interest, though the person is not being considered as a suspect.

    The boys mother Tanya Zuvers responded to the news on Facebook on Thursday evening.

    MTN News reports a University of Montana Anthropology professor confirmed the remains belonged to three children under the age of 10-years-old.

    Now police are piecing together the identity of the boys and where they may have come from.

    Police say there was no evidence of a crime at the scene where the bodies were found.

    The Skelton brothers - Andrew, Alex and Tanner - disappeared during a Thanksgiving visitation in 2010 after their father, John Skelton, claims to have given the boys to an unknown group of people.

    In 2011, Skelton pleaded no contest after being charged in their disappearance. He is currently behind bars for unlawful imprisonment.

    The case galvanized the community for years, as the boys' mother, Tanya Zuvers, remained committed to keeping their memories and the case alive.

    Zuvers divorced John Skelton in June 2011.

    As recently as November 2015, a vigil was held for the boys.

    In December of 2016, new age-enhanced photos were released of the boys.


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    I hope this is the brothers. So sad, I followed this case 7 years ago and often thought about the boys.
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    Michigan State Police investigate possible new development in case of missing Skelton brothers

    Dec 14, 2017


    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.

    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.

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    The story of the missing Skelton brothers


    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. The three boys vanished from their home in Morenci.

    On Nov. 26, 2010, the day after Thanksgiving, the boys' mother, Tanya Skelton, told Morenci police Officer Ryan Hillard that her husband, John Skelton, was supposed to bring the children back to her. But he never did.

    An Amber Alert was issued, and the FBI came to town as massive searches spanning down through Ohio began.

    The case is still open, meaning investigators are actively working to find the boys.


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    I want so much for these boys to be found, but I mapped it and it's a 26 hour drive from Morenci to Missoula.

    I did find this, however:

    "MISSOULA - The skeletal remains of three children left in a box in a shed in Missoula have police investigating a mystery: who were the children, how did they die and how long ago did it happen.

    A cleaning crew discovered the remains back in September. Missoula police tell us they have a "person of interest" they would like to talk to about it but emphasize that the person is not being considered as a suspect in the case.

    A search warrant obtained by MTN News shows that police were called to a home on the 2100 block of South 12th Street West in late September to investigate the remains.

    "Loose teeth, there was what appeared to be bone from a lower jaw, and others that were not as specifically described, but I would call them pieces of bone. There were also rocks, in this box," said Missoula Police spokesman Sgt. Travis Welsh.

    A professor from the University of Montana Anthropology Department confirmed that the remains are of three children, and estimated to be six-to-10 years old, five-to-eight years old and two-to-four years old at the time of death.

    A box containing the remains was discovered by a cleaning crew that was contracted to clean up the rental property after its tenant was evicted the week before in late September.

    Once the search warrant was obtained, follow up investigations revealed no evidence of a crime occurring at that property. The children's identities, as well as the cause and manner of their death is now under investigation.

    Police officials say they are working with the Montana State Crime Lab and other agencies on the case.

    "Nothing we've been able to connect them too yet, however, we are working with the National Center for Missing and Endangered Children, and other missing person databases to see if that's a possibility," Sgt. Welsh told MTN News.

    "The thing is, there are missing children all over the world. And the thing is, we don't know that this particular case is isolated to the city of Missoula. We don't know where the bones came from, and if they were transported from one area to another, and ended up here," he added.

    At this point, only a very broad time frame is available to describe how old the bones are. The anthropology department members say they are not ancient, and likely modern.

    There are no suspects currently, as police continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding who these kids are, and their deaths. ..."

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    and this article has court docs, with a name:

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    and I think I found Doug Labare - he doesn't have much on his page, but I checked his groups and there are a couple located in Missoula:

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    Police investigate possible link in case of boys missing 7 years

    Dec 15, 2017


    DETROIT — The lead detective investigating the disappearance of thee brothers from Michigan is urging people not to get their hopes up that the discovery of human remains in Montana will help bring closure to the boys’ family.

    Officials are awaiting the results of forensic testing on the bones and teeth that were found in September in a storage shed.

    "While it’s very interesting and something we're following up with big time, we haven't seen any other connections" that would link the Skelton case to Montana, Michigan State Police Det. Lt. Jeremy Brewer said Friday.

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    The remains were of modern age and belonged to children who were 5 to 8 years old, 6 to 10 years old and 2 to 4 years old when they died, an anthropology professor at the University of Montana determined.

    That information piqued Brewer's interest. He learned about the discovery Wednesday night from a colleague who read it in a news article. He reached out to authorities in Missoula the next morning.

    "We’ve gotten over 2,000 tips on this case" since the brothers disappeared, Brewer said. "We've had several tips over the past several years that have been (about) human remains and bones ... but more often or not, they have been prehistoric bones or Native American bones."

    The discovery prompted a flurry of media coverage about the remains being a possible break in the Skelton case.

    But Brewer cautioned that there's no way to know for sure whether there is a link until forensic testing is complete, a process that can take months.

    "We would love to bring closure to the family, but we don’t want it to get sensationalized" or for people to feel a false sense of hope, he said.

    Police in Missoula submitted the remains Nov. 29 to the University of North Texas to be tested, Missoula Police Sgt. Travis Welsh said.

    Missoula police began questioning former tenants of the property on Friday.

    "Is there a suspect in this case? No," Welsh said. "There probably won't be until we determine who these children were, where they were from and the nature of their deaths."


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    Even if the remains are not the Skelton brothers, these children need to be identified. They are someone's children and they need justice.
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    Could they be the O'Brien brothers?
    They were a bit older when they disappeared, though.
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    Could they be the O'Brien brothers?
    They were a bit older when they disappeared, though.
    Hmmm, if it's not the Skelton boys, I think it's possible, MissW.

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