State Police take lead in investigation of two missing downstate boys

LANSING. On the day after Thanksgiving 2010, three boys went missing in Morenci, Mich. The boys are Andrew, Alexander and Tanner Skelton.  Since the day the boys went missing, their disappearance has been vigorously investigated by the Morenci Police Department, FBI and Michigan State Police (MSP).   Significant assistance has also been provided by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

As this case enters its third year, investigators have re-examined the investigative resources assigned to the case, and after careful consideration, decided to have the MSP take the lead in the investigation.  The resources available from the MSP will ensure the case continues to move forward no matter how long it takes to solve. The Morenci Police Department and FBI will continue as investigative partners in the investigation.

“This case is one of the most significant unsolved cases in Michigan,” said D/F/Lt. Sean Furlong of the MSP First District Special Investigation Section.  “Having the case at the MSP will ensure it receives the continued attention it deserves.”

At the time the boys went missing they were in the care of their father, John Skelton.  Skelton pled no contest to three counts of unlawful imprisonment in September 2011, after he claimed he gave the boys to unknown individuals.  Skelton is currently serving a 10-15 year prison sentence.

The public is asked to provide any tips or information to the MSP at or by calling 1-855-642-4847.