The Skelton Brothers

On November 25th, 2010, brothers Andrew (9), Alexander (7), and Tanner (5) were staying with their father, John Skelton, in Morenci, Michigan. They were supposed to be being picked up by their mother, Tanya Zuvers, the next day.

However, when Tanya had not heard from John, she went over to his house. John was not at his house and was instead at the hospital after breaking his ankle. He apparently told hospital workers that he had broken his ankle whilst trying to commit suicide.

Eventually, the police managed to break into his house. They found his home completely destroyed, but the three brothers were nowhere to be seen.

Andrew, Alexander, and Tanner Skelton. Credit:

John apparently changed his story of where the boys were several times whilst he was in the hospital. At first, he said that they were with friends. He then told investigators that he had given the boys to an unknown woman. He later told police that he gave them to an underground group that would keep them safe.

Using phone records, police were able to piece together where John had been the day after the brothers were last seen.

On November 26th, 2010, one day after the boys were last seen, he went to Ohio. Police say that his phone pinged in Ohio, about 20 miles from his home. His phone was then shut off. His phone then pinged again, around 2hrs and 15mins later, back in Morenci.

Search parties did search for the brothers, but no trace of them has ever been found. John has never disclosed where the boys are, or what happened to them, aside from the stories that he told the police of giving them away to unknown people.

John is currently in prison, serving 10-15 years for unlawful imprisonment. He is due to be released in 2025. He has never been charged in connection with his son’s disappearance.

Today, Andrew would be 20/21, Alexander would be 19/18, and Tanner would be 17/16.

If you have any information regarding the brothers or their whereabouts, please contact the Michigan State Police at 517-636-0689, or the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children at 1800-843-5678.

Andrew, Alexander, and Tanner were age-progressed to 19, 17, and 15 years old. Credit: ClickonDetroit / National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children.


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