LANSING (WWJ) – It’s been nearly three years since the disappearance of three young brothers from the tiny town of Morenci, Michigan — in southern Lenawee County.

Andrew, Alexander and Tanner Skelton were in the care of their father when they went missing — the day after Thanksgiving in 2010.

“There are three innocent little boys that go missing,” said Michigan State Police Lt. Sean Furlong. “It is very, very important that we solve this.”

He tells WWJ’s Jon Hewett that Michigan State Police will be taking over the case.

“…as we are approaching the three-year anniversary date … had a discussion with the prosecutor and made the decision that it was probably better served to have the lead agency become the State Police – more for continuity of the investigation to ensure no matter how long it takes it will still be worked on and investigated,” said Furlong.

John Skelton — the boys’ father — claimed he gave them to unknown individuals. He’s now serving 10-to-15 years in prison — after pleading guilty to three counts of unlawful imprisonment.

“As time goes by, maybe there are people who are willing to talk now that may not have been willing to speak prior – we are just hopeful that the case can bring the boys back,” said Furlong.

Investigators are hopeful that the anniversary will bring forth information that may be helpful in finding the missing brothers.

If you have any information please contact Michigan State Police at  855-642-4847 or report it – HERE.


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