Police Prepare For Negative Outcome

By: Meaghan M. Norman Email
By: Meaghan M. Norman Email

On Tuesday afternoon John Skelton, the father of the three missing boys from Morenci was released from a mental health facility in Ohio and immediately taken into police custody. Skelton faces three counts of parental kidnapping. Toledo deputies assisted by the FBI took him to Lucas County jail, which is where he will remain until he is extradiced to Lenawee County.

"Based on the information we have, we do not anticipate a positive outcome here."

Grim words from Morenci Police Chief Larry Weeks as he briefed reporters on Tuesday morning from the Fire Department headquarters.

"As we continue to talk to virtually all parties involved in this investigation including Mr. Skelton ---- statements he made to investigators would indicated that it's not going to be a positive outcome," said Chief Weeks.

The negative news did not deter the volunteers as they boarded buses to spread out and search for Alexander, Andrew and Tanner Skelton.

"The outcome may not be good but until we know that for sure we have hope," said K.C. Carter, a Morenci volunteer and former music teacher of Andrew Skelton and his mother Tanya.

The Skelton family chaplin prayed with each busload of volunteers as they headed off in different directions.

"Father, it is our desire that we bring Alex and Andrew and Tanner home today. Give them the courage they need as they take this job and responsibilty."

While many are preparing for the worst, volunteers say they have only one option and that's to hold out hope that they find the three boys.

"As time wears on we hope they find them and we hope they find the boys alive," said Carter.

Morenci Police are still following up on leads but what they've found out so far is not encouraging and they say John Skelton's stories are conflicting at best.

"He's been forthcoming with some information but the credibility of which we cannot verify at this time so we hope whoever knows where the boys are, would come forwar," said Chief Weeks.

The boys' mother Tanya Skelton has not been visible around Morenci but police say she is aware of the department's somber outlook

"Imagine your worst nightmare come true," said Weeks.

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