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Search For Missing Boys Continues; AFD Involved

Tanner Skelton, 5

Tanner Skelton, 5

Archbold, Fayette, Ridgeville, and Wauseon fire departments have been involved in the search for three missing brothers from Morenci, Mich.

At a Tuesday press conference, Larry Weeks, Morenci police chief, said the anticipate outcome of the search “will not be positive.”

That was interpreted by many to mean the boys are most likely dead.

Rod Cheney, a paramedic with ALS-1, the advanced life support unit based in Archbold and an AFD firefi ghter, said Morenci authorities had called for AFD’s small utility vehicle to assist in the search.

On Sunday, about a dozen AFD members and the utility vehicle were looking in the Morenci area. On Monday, two AFD members joined other serachers near Pioneer.

The search for the missing boys has made national headlines.

Contacted Monday, a Morenci police spokesman said Weeks was not doing telephone interviews, and that a press release would be forthcoming.

As of 1:50 pm Tuesday, no release was received.

Alexander Skelton, 7

Alexander Skelton, 7

As a result, this article is based on press and other media reports believed to be reliable.

Three Brothers

The three brothers– Andrew Skelton, 9, 4-1, brown hair, brown eyes; Alexander William Skelton, 7, 3-9, 45 pounds, brown hair, brown eyes, scar on his chin; and Tanner Skelton, 5, 3-6, blond hair, blue eyes– were the subject of an Amber Alert issued Friday, Nov. 26 after their mother, Tanya Skelton, reported them missing.

They were last seen Thursday, Nov. 25.

She and her husband, John, have been involved in divorce proceedings, includ- ing a custody battle over the boys.

John Skelton reportedly attempted suicide Friday afternoon. After the failed attempt, he told authorities he gave the boys to a Joann Taylor, who was supposed to return them to their mother.

But reports say police have been unable to confirm whether Joann Taylor actually exists.


Andrew Skelton, 9

Andrew Skelton, 9

Searches involving police, Lenawee County Sheriff deputies and mounted patrol, area fire departments, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and hundreds of volunteers have combed areas in and around Morenci.

Reports say searchers covered Harrison Lake State Park, plus portions of Williams County near the communities of Pioneer, Holiday City, Kunkle, and West Unity.

Continued searches on Tuesday began after noon.

As of late Tuesday afternoon, John Skelton was released from an Ohio hospital and taken into custody by the FBI.

He was charged with three counts of parental kidnapping and is now being held in the Lucas County Jail.

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