Skelton: Boys Are With An "Organization"

By: News 10
By: News 10

The father of the three missing boys in Morenci, Michigan tells a judge, under oath, his sons are with an "organization", but would not say where. John Skelton was in court Thursday morning for a show cause hearing. The hearing is not related to the criminal charges he's facing, but has to do with Skelton's failure to comply with the custody order.

Morenci police say they've received about 900 tips since Andrew, Alexander and Tanner went missing on Thanksgiving Day. Included in those tips are possible sightings of the boys, but so far, none of them have been confirmed.

Police are still hoping the public has information from when the boys were last seen. Specifically, they're looking for people who saw John Skelton's van, or John and the boys, between 2:30pm Thanksgiving day and 1:30pm Friday, November 26. Police have information John may have been traveling with the boys between 4:30AM and 6:45AM Friday. People with information are encouraged to call the tip line at 517-458-7104.

A special task force has also been established in regards to the investigation, made up of several members of the Michigan State Police and the FBI.

There is still a $10,000 reward being offered for the return or recovery of the Skelton boys. People have expressed interest in donating to a reward fund. If you'd like to contribute anything, contact "First Federal Bank", 601 N. Clinton Street in Defiance, OH 43512.


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  • by rose spencer Location: muskegon on Feb 20, 2011 at 03:16 PM
    I was told it was on the news that the boy were found alive that some woman had the they were found friday
  • by Gabs Location: Ohio on Dec 30, 2010 at 04:00 PM
    I do not how any parent can just hand over their own flesh and blood to just anyone these kids are old enough to some what know what is going on. If they are found alive I can not begin to think what they have been through. I agree the so called father should be beaten until he comes clean. Its more disturbing to know the father is being fed daily, sleeping in a bed out of the weather, provided hot showers in the mean time 3 little boys are out there somewhere with a father thats well taken care of. It isn't right
  • by Jo Location: Fl on Dec 23, 2010 at 11:54 AM
    @ Ray, I actually did some reading about this same group. This is what they do, and are VERY secretive about it all. In my heart of hearts, I want to believe the boys are still alive, and are with an organization like this. Isn't it possible?
  • by Ray on Dec 21, 2010 at 02:25 PM
    I believe I know which "organization" is being referred to. If in fact the children are with them, No, the "organization" will not go to the police. They are criminals themselves. They assist "protective parents" in moving and concealing children from their custodial parent. While many of the non-custodial parents are found years later in small US towsn, the trend now seems to be relocating them to south america and the Netherlands. If you would like to learn more about this organization, check out this website. It's run by a watchdog group that monitors their movements. The FBI is well aware of this group, so you probably dont need to rush out and notify them. Here it is: http://underwatch.blogspot.com/. The group is referred to as "Children of the Underground". This Joanne person he referred to at the start could be one of their operatives. They dont use real names or tell you where the children are going until you are contacted weeks or months later.
  • by Jo Location: FL on Dec 19, 2010 at 02:39 PM
    I read back when this first started, the mother had been in contact with someone who claimed they were Joann Taylor. Never saw anything else about it. What happened there? Any thoughts?
  • by Jill Location: Basement on Dec 18, 2010 at 06:03 AM
    Fully aware their corpses will be ultimately found, and also aware his original alibi was disproven he is setting himself up for an insanity defense by implementing concepts and phrases which are often associated with the insane.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 18, 2010 at 05:35 AM
    The way the father is acting shows he's not a good parent.Maybe the kids should not of been with the mother either.Any organization that is good & decent would come forward and tell they have the kids.If the kids are alright then neither parent should have them.I hope they find away to get the truth out of the father one way or another and hope they find away to keep this guy locked up.None of this makes sense and it's sad but we may never know.
  • by Elizabeth Location: Eaton Rapids on Dec 17, 2010 at 02:14 PM
    Oh my, would the father just tell where there at so they can be with there family for christmas. Don't take your angry out on the kids. Thats not right.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 17, 2010 at 01:11 PM
    Is he telling the truth?Would not some one having the boys be in serious trouble as well?It could be some kind of cult type group.They would not be contacting any one.
  • by Herb Location: Mulliken on Dec 17, 2010 at 06:00 AM
    This makes me very very sad. Hoping and praying for a Happy ending. Torture the creep
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