A box containing bones and teeth has been discovered inside a shed by a home in Missoula, Montana, according to Fox2 Detroit. Police confirmed that the remains belong to three children 10 and under. Now, over 2,000 miles away, a family in Michigan is bracing for news that it may be what is left of Andrew, Alexander and Tanner Skelton, three brothers who vanished in 2010.
Nothing previously has linked the three children to the state, but the Michigan State Police have been working with the authorities in Missoula to see if the parts belong to the three young boys, WXYZ Detroit reported. Now, police and the boys' family are awaiting the results of forensic testing.
In the meantime, their mother posted a statement, both on her front door and to Facebook.
Andrew, Alexander and Tanner vanished from their Morenci, Michigan home seven years ago, the day after Thanksgiving. According to Click On Detroit. Andrew was 9 years old, Alexander was 7 and Tanner was 5. The boys' mother, Tanya Skelton, told Morenci police that her husband John Skelton was the last known person to see them. He was supposed to bring the boys back home to her, but instead, he claimed he gave his three sons to “a group.”
No group has ever come forward, and it remains unclear what kind of group he meant. Since then, his story has allegedly changed. John is currently in prison, serving 10 to 15 years, on an unlawful imprisonment charge, according to CBS Detroit. It is unclear if he has an attorney who can speak on his behalf.
Cleaning crews made the grisly discovery on the Missoula, Montana property. The previous tenants of the home were evicted, according to Fox2 Detroit, and workers were emptying the shed when they found the box.
On Thursday, testing revealed that the body parts belong to children as follows: one child between the ages of 2 and 4, another between 5 and 8 and the oldest has been estimated to be between 6 and 10. That matches the ages of the Skelton brothers, but at this time, it is unclear if the three children found in the shed are even related to this tragic case, or to another devastating death involving children.
Anybody with information or tips on this case is urged to contact www.michigan.gov/michtip or 517-636-0689.
[Age Progression Photo: The National Center for Missing Children]