Police Investigating if Montana Remains Belong to Missing Downstate Boys

Police Investigating if Montana Remains Belong to Missing Downstate Boys

Police Investigating if Montana Remains Belong to Missing Downstate Boys

Police say human remains found in Montana in September were determined to likely be the skeletal remains of three children.

According to police in Missoula, Montana, human bones and teeth were found in a box in a shed in September.

In 2010 Andrew, Alexander, and Tanner Skelton were reported missing from Morenci in Lenawee County, near the Ohio Border.

But the boys were never found. Cellphone data showed that on the day after Thanksgiving, Skelton had left his home early in the morning, dipped south into OH, then returned home, the AP reported. She said a million questions are running through her head. Missoula police then reached out to MI police. After a recent tenant had been evicted, a cleaning crew discovered the box in the shed that contained the remains.

Police note that there is nothing previously reported to police linking the brothers, and it has not been confirmed if the remains belong to related siblings.

When she heard about the news out of Montana, Zuvers posted on Facebook. "We are processing it and hopeful that we will have answers soon". "We are thankful for all your thoughts and prayers".

Zuvers has denied ever mistreating her sons. Her Thursday message was signed "faith-hope-love".

And now new evidence is bringing the Skelton brothers back into the spotlight. "The town needs closure", said Jennifer Berry of Morenci.

Andrew, Alexander and Tanner Skelton of Morenci, Mich., were in the care of their father, John Skelton, care when.

Though it's possible the remains are that of the Skelton brothers, MI police say they've never encountered any evidence that would suggest they would be in Montana.

"Until this (DNA) testing is completed and additional investigation by law enforcement in Montana occurs, it can not be determined if these remains belong to the missing Skelton brothers", the state police said in a press release.

In late November, the department was granted a search warrant for a potential homicide, but no additional evidence was found. The remains are undergoing DNA testing in Texas.

Sadly, because the bones are so small, it may be impossible to extract DNA.

"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.

If DNA is found, it will be compared to missing person cases kept by the federal clearinghouse and other agencies.

The disappearances of the Skelton boys remain a mystery that authorities in MI have vowed to solve.

NBC Montana reports they're focused on the gruesome discovery and trying to figure out how the remains ended up there. He pleaded no contest to three counts of unlawful imprisonment in exchange for prosecutors dropping a charge of parental kidnapping. When Skelton did not return the children the next day, Zuvers called the police. They would never be seen again.

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