"Missing You" Foundation Searches for Skelton Boys, Stiles, and Others

By: Sherene Tagharobi Email
By: Sherene Tagharobi Email

Jamie Jones can spend hours on end sitting right here.

"Literally 12 hours on just one thing, one case," he said. "I'll take it and go over it again and again."

He's the lead investigator and dog handler for the Michigan-based foundation Missing You. It's his job to track down missing persons.

"We sleep very lightly so if someone called at two in the morning we would definitely take the call," Jones said.

The non-profit relies on help from other groups like Guardian Digital Forensics in North Carolina.

"We have sent hard drives to him. We have sent cell phones to him to gather data," he said. "We have not a lot of money to work with so we depend on grants and donations."

Missing You's scent dog was donated when he was just eight weeks old. Now Rocco is almost two years old and he's been trained to track down any scent.

Jones and Rocco spent last week searching for the three young boys missing from Morenci.

"It gets real emotional cause we have kids and grandkids too," he said.

Missing You has also jumped on the search for Tonia Stiles, missing from Grass Lake. Michigan State Police have their own investigators, but say they appreciate all the help they can get, and so do a lot of Jones' Facebook friends.

Many of them post on his page thanking him and Missing You for their work.

He says social media helps him get the word out about missing persons.

"On facebook it can go global really fast," he said.

The group has had success in bringing missing persons back home safely, but every case is different.

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  • by Melanie Location: Brooklyn on Feb 12, 2011 at 05:33 AM
    I know Jamie. He is devoted to his cause by 300%. He will search and search and never gives up. So sad this father knows what is going on, and he does not speack. He gets fed three times a day, in a warm cell doing nothing. There has got to be a better way than the way the cops are handling things. This innocent until proven guilty is hidious in this case. Pressure the man into talking. Somone has to know something or seen something..please even if you think it is petty it isn't. And to the Missing You Foundation..thank you, thank you, thank you. Also I heard through the grapevine that they are looking for any kind of CB equipment to help with their cause..if anyone has anything they would like to donate they would so appreciate it, hand held talkies, anything to talk and spread the word would be so appreciated I am sure. You can contact them by facebook, by typing in the Missing You Foundation. Good luck and I hope the boys and everyone is found.
  • by Vicki Location: Tennessee on Dec 7, 2010 at 06:31 AM
    Hopefully you will have a search with a positive ending. Thank you for devoting your time to help the missing.
  • by Greg Location: Lansing on Dec 7, 2010 at 05:49 AM
    Send in some special ops, to get the info out of Mr. Skelton. He'll talk soon enough. Absolutely heart wrenching... What the #$%@ is wrong with people these days?
  • by James Location: Lansing on Dec 7, 2010 at 02:11 AM
    I agree with Dennis. This is not a military issue where we need to get secret information that doesn't matter anyway. We have three small children missing and this man knows where they are! Lets start out by using the water board first, and move on to pins, needles, pliers, and battery cables. This guy deserves to be tortured anyway. The priority of finding these boys should be greater than anything else. Imagine if these boys were still alive but then died because this man didn't give out their location. Laws should be changed for special circumstances like this.
  • by dennis Location: okemos on Dec 6, 2010 at 05:01 PM
    I now believe in torture. Find these poor little boys no matter the cost. Mr. Skelton doesn't matter.
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