Skelton Investigation Continues; Community Still Hopeful

By: Jamie Edmonds Email
By: Jamie Edmonds Email

It's been 63 days since Andrew, Alex and Tanner Skelton disappeared, and in the small town of Morenci where they're from, the reminders are everywhere.

"We continue to get calls and tips from people with information on the missing boys and we continue to compile information," Chief of Police Larry Weeks said. "We are now evaluating what we have and where we need to go to bring the boys home."

Chief Weeks said early on he didn't expect a positive outcome in this case and he sticks by that statement based on the lack of credible information provided by the boys' father.

But he said, the investigative team continues to work the case, and they're still asking for the public's help.

"We still have an open window where we don't know where he was between Thursday afternoon November 25th 2010 through Friday morning is still unclear," Weeks said. "We're really urging people to call with information."

The people of Morenci, who came out by the hundreds to look for the boys, have not given up. A reward fund has been set up and the senior class at Morenci High School will be selling yellow ribbons hoping to get more donations.

"We have access to $23,000 now to help facilitate the case," Mayor Keith Pennington said.

That amount said the mayor, has been growing since the reward fund was founded at the end of last year, thanks to small donations to others quite sizable.

"An individual from Detroit called a donated $10,000," he said.

Pennington said people out there want to do something to help, and they're hoping this will be incentive enough to make someone, anyone, come forward with information to bring the boys home.

"We won't give up hope until we are given a reason to," Pennington said.

To donate to the Skelton Reward Fund, you can call the mayor's office at 517-270-2464 or email him at

Or call anyone on the steering committee for more information.

Jan Mohr - 517-458-1176

Kathy Herrera - 517-458-6615

Cyndee Sanders - 517-458-7309

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