Day 6 Of Search, Still No Sign Of Missing Skelton Boys

By: Liam Martin Email
By: Liam Martin Email

MORENCI -- The search is becoming more difficult.

"Always hope," one volunteer searcher said. "You gotta believe that there's hope."

A light coating of snow covered the field being scoured Wednesday by some 400 volunteers and as many Thursday -- desperately hunting in Michigan and across the Ohio border for any sign of the three missing Skelton brothers, ages 9, 7 and 5.

They were last seen Thanksgiving and were reported missing Saturday by their mother.

Back in Morenci, meanwhile, officials said they have focused a dive team on a suspicious area in Williams County, as chief of police Larry Weeks shared a personal story of meeting one of the boys.

"He had one of these toy police vests and caps, and he said to me, 'I'm gonna be a police officer like you some day,' and that's been with me every day since," said Weeks, choking back tears.

This as the mayor, Keith Pennington, spoke for the first time, pleading with the boys' father John Skelton, who's being held in jail in Ohio, to share any information with authorities.

And he shared his condolences with the family.

"We really do not know what they're feeling, because not many of us can say they've lost a son," Pennington said.

In the midst of the ongoing nightmare, this tight-knit town of about 2,000 people is in no mood to celebrate the holidays. The annual Christmas parade that winds through Main Street here has already been cancelled.

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  • by Jen Location: Williamston on Dec 3, 2010 at 07:51 AM
    Well, Mr. Skelton, congratulations for doing your best to destroy the holiday spirit of a whole town all while you act like a huge coward and not tell anyone where your boys are. IMO, you are nothing but a sad excuse for a human being and do not deserve to be called a father. I wish you'd find it somewhere within yourself to give their mother and everyone else relief and just tell someone where they are.
  • by Gayle Location: New Brunswick on Dec 2, 2010 at 09:07 PM
    Someone qualified needs to speak at length with this supposedly very sick individual and get him to open up and explain where/what/why these boys are not safe and sound at a known location!!! Study his background - see if there is a heart to be reached - does he have a friend/connection where he could have left these young ones for the past few days - does he have any belief in his Creator so that this father could be reached through his conscience supposing he has an active conscience...he must have loved them at least at one time - appeal to this side of him - i think it would be appropriate if he was not made too comfortable during a long interrogation so that he would weaken and give up the details of where he left these 3 precious boys - he needs to be given no relief during this long interrogation as time could be of the essence here especially if we are to have hope and believe that they are still alive but maybe not too well depending on where they are. remember he is the key.
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