Three years later, three brothers still missing
Nov. 28 will be Tanya Zuver’s third Thanksgiving without her three sons. The boys were last seen on Thanksgiving Day, 2010 at their father’s house in Morenci, Mich. A neighbor saw them playing in the backyard.
It is believed the children vanished between 2 p.m. Nov. 26 and 11 a.m. the following day when their father, John Skelton, checked himself into a medical facility.
Tanya and John were in the middle of a divorce when the children went to spend Thanksgiving with their father on a scheduled visit. On Nov. 26, John checked himself into a medical facility for self-inflicted injuries. At that time he told police he had given his sons to a woman he met on the Internet. Since then, John has refused to provide further information about where the boys are.
The Morenci Police Department continues to search for Andrew, Alexander and Tanner Skelton.
Reigniting the search
Last month investigators, prosecutors, behavioral experts and members of our staff gathered at our headquarters in Alexandria, Va. to discuss the three year old case. Chief Larry Weeks of the Morenci Police Department was on hand to help lead discussions.
The group combed through case files for two days, searching for anything that could provide another avenue for investigators to search.
“It was one of the largest case reviews that has been hosted by NCMEC,” said NCMEC Case Manager Patrick Maney. “We had over 30 experts here who are dedicated to resolving this case”
Brothers and friends
Andrew, Alexander and Tanner were as close as brothers could be. They loved playing soccer, they loved being outside and they especially loved their mom. Family members say you could see their different personalities come out on the soccer field.
Andrew, 9, stayed focused when running down the field with the ball. He was an excellent student and was quieter than his brothers. When he wasn’t studying, he was playing video or computer games.
Alexander, 7, was a great goalkeeper. He was a risk taker and was often the one getting into trouble. He was known to start water fights with his brothers.
Tanner, 5, was the youngest and could usually be found running all over the soccer field. He looked up to, and tried to keep up with, his older brothers. He had a wild imagination that would often result in great stories and laughter.
John Skelton is currently incarcerated for unlawful imprisonment in connection to Andrew, Alexander and Tanner’s disappearance.
Tanya will spend this Thanksgiving, just like the last two, without her sons.
Andrew, Alexander and Tanner Skelton are still missing. View their poster: http://ow.ly/qAjLZ. If you have any information contact us at 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678). Calls can be made anonymously.