Skelton’s sons – Tanner, 5, Alexander, 7, and Andrew, 9 – were last seen Thursday in the backyard of their father’s southern Michigan home, and authorities say they believe the boys are in danger. The boys were reported missing Friday by their mother, Tanya Skelton, who was awarded custody after filing for divorce on Sept. 13
The three missing Skelton boys: Alexander, 7, Andrew, 9, and Tanner, 5
After speaking to the children’s father, investigators say there likely will not be a positive outcome to the case . That father is out of a mental clinic and now in jail. Skelton had been in an Ohio hospital since Friday, receiving treatment for mental health issues, after telling police he tried to hang himself. Skelton, often described as ‘loner’, is an unemployed long-haul truck driver, he was arrested Tuesday on three counts of parental kidnapping.
So far, police say, the boys’ father, 39-year-old John Skelton, hasn’t told authorities much that they can use as the search for the boys evolves from rescue to recovery.
Crews have searched parts of southern Michigan in and around Morenci, a small town of 2,000 people about 75 miles southwest of Detroit. They’ve also scoured hundreds of acres just south of Morenci in northwest Ohio for the boys.
More than 400 volunteers tried to locate the boys. They also searched creeks and ponds near Morenci.