Auction To Benefit Skelton Brothers Fund

Morenci Boys Missing Since Thanksgiving

MORENCI, Mich. - An auction is planned to help boost the money in the reward fund aimed at helping bring home three missing Michigan brothers from Morenci.

The auction is planned for 6 p.m. on March 19 at Morenci Area High School. All funds raised will go to the Skelton Brothers Reward Fund.

The Skelton brothers -- Alexander, 9, Andrew, 7, and Tanner, 5, -- haven't been seen since Thanksgiving while they were in the care of their father, John.

They were reported missing the following day by their mother, Tanya Skelton, when their father didn't bring them home after an arranged visit.

Law enforcement and community volunteers have searched the both sides of the Michigan-Ohio state line for the boys.

At a previous court hearing, the 39-year-old father said he gave his sons to someone from an "organization" who visited his home on Thanksgiving.

Before that, he had told police that he had turned them over to a female acquaintance to be returned to Tanya Skelton.

Morenci Police Chief Larry Weeks said then that he remained skeptical of the father's claims, adding, "We're not expecting a positive outcome."

During an earlier interview with Local 4, the boys' mother, Tanya Skelton, said her intuition still tells her "that my boys are alive and that they're with someone they know."

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The community can donate items for the auction.

The high school is located at 700 East Coomer Street.

All monies remaining in the fund following the boy?s return will be allocated to the Morenci Elementary School, Morenci Education Foundation and/or the Wakefield Park to provide recreational and educational opportunities for area youth. There will be a committee to decide this disbursement.

The fund currently has more than $10,000 in it.

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