A police chief says the disappearance of three young Michigan brothers has turned into a murder investigation.
Morenci Chief Larry Weeks said Tuesday he wants to put to rest any hope that the boys will be found alive.
He says the boys' father, John Skelton, is the primary suspect. He's already charged with parental kidnapping.
Nine-year-old Andrew, 7-year-old Alexander and 5-year-old Tanner Skelton were last seen on Thanksgiving at their father's home in Morenci along the Michigan-Ohio border, 70 miles southwest of Detroit.
At a court hearing last week, John Skelton said, "I can't," when a judge asked if he was prepared to give the boys to their mother.