Could remains found in Montana be missing Skelton boys?

Could remains found in Montana be missing Skelton boys?

Kerry Wise
December 18, 2017

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

Michigan State Police are investigating whether the remains of three children found in Montana could be linked to the 2010 disappearance of three Michigan brothers.

"The thing is, there are missing children all over the world", Missoula Police Searteant Travis Welsh told reporters. They were 9, 7, and 5 at the time.

The box of children's remains found in a shed in Missoula is gaining national interest in the case and may generate leads into who these children were and how they died. "Until this 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", a news release states.

"I know the family, and it's just sad that they bring this out without having the confirmation of a positive outcome of this", he said.

On Thursday night, Tanya Zuvers, the missing MI boys' mother, posted about the news out of Montana on Facebook.

The Skelton brothers - Andrew, Alexander, and Tanner - were reported missing from Morenci in Lenawee County the day after Thanksgiving in 2010. "And the thing is, we don't know that this particular case is isolated to the city of Missoula".

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Police said the Montana State Crime Lab verified the remains as human. Police believe he killed the children because of a nasty custody fight.

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

"This information has just been presented to our family within the last several hours", Tanya Zuvers, the boys' mother, posted Thursday night on the Facebook page Missing - Skelton Brothers, Morenci, Michigan.

"Everybody talks about them, everybody wants them back", she said. Since their bodies could not be found, John Skelton was charged with and convicted of three counts of kidnaping.

As Skelton was shipped off to prison, MI authorities said they were still building a murder case against the father.

UM's Anthroplogy department studied them and determined they were bones from children.

In the Skelton case, their father, John Skelton, is serving a 10-15 year prison sentence for unlawful imprisonment.