Candlelight Vigil in Adrian Supports Missing Boys' Family

By: Alex Goldsmith Email
By: Alex Goldsmith Email

John Skelton sits in a Lenawee County Jail cell on charges that he kidnapped his three boys.

If he was listening closely Thursday night he might have heard the sounds of prayers and songs at a candlelight vigil in his sons' honor coming from the park adjacent to the jail.

"I hope the dad can hear us all," said Joshua Vanderhorst, who attended the vigil.

Around 50 people were in attendance at the vigil. It was planned by an Adrian mother, Erin Lauver.

"I don't even know what I'd do if this happened to me or my family," said Lauver.

The three Skelton boys, Andrew, Alex and Tanner, have been missing since Thanksgiving. The mood at the vigil was somber but optimistic.

"These three boys," said Pablo Ybarra III, a vigil attendee. "We know as a family that they're still alive."

"I've said all along that until they show me that they're gone, prove to me that they're dead, they're alive and they'll come home," said Don Zuvers, the Skelton boys' grandfather.

The family has Christmas presents waiting underneath the tree for the boys in hopes that they'll be there to open them.

"There's a lot of presents waiting for them there," said Zuvers. "And they'll be waiting for them until they come home."

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