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Michigan State Police take over 2010 case of three missing boys

Nov. 20, 2013 at 3:45 PM

MORENCI, Mich., Nov. 20 (UPI) -- An investigation into the 2010 disappearance of three young Michigan brothers has been turned over to the state police, police in Morenci said.

Andrew, Alexander and Tanner Skelton, ages 9, 7 and 5 at the time of their disappearance, were in the care of their father, John Skelton, when they were last seen during the 2010 Thanksgiving holiday. The father is serving a 10- to 15-year sentence after pleading no contest to unlawful imprisonment in connection with the boys' disappearance

"It makes more sense for us to take up the lead and spearhead this, moving forward, just to make certain that the case doesn't end up on a shelf somewhere or go cold," The Detroit Free Press quoted Detective 1st Lt. Sean Furlong of the Michigan State Police First District Special Investigation Section as saying.

John Skelton has insisted he is unaware of the boys' location, saying they are with an "underground sanctuary group," the newspaper reported Wednesday. Police have said they believe he killed the boys.

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