Remains found in Montana match ages of missing Skelton boys from 2010

Michele Moreno
December 18, 2017

Officials believe the bones - found September 27 at a rental house in Missoula - are from three children who were between 2 and 4, 5 and 8, and 6 and 10 at the time of their deaths, according to a search warrant application filed in Montana's Missoula County.

Michigan State Police are looking into a grisly find in Montana in hopes of solving the cold case disappearance of three young brothers, according to WDIV. Significant assistance has also been provided by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. They were 9, 7, and 5 years old respectively.

The partial remains were found in the shed of a rental home in Missoula, Mont., after a tenant was evicted from the home, People Magazine reported.

Loose teeth, bone from a lower jaw, as well as rocks were found in the box, Missoula City Police information officer Travis Welsh said.

Tanner, Alexander and Andrew Skelton were 5, 7 and 9, respectively, when they went missing in November 2010 from their home in Morenci, a town of 2,200 in southern MI.

MI police are hopeful that a new discovery in Montana could solve the mysterious cold case of three missing children from 2010. "I know that Michigan State Police would do everything in our power to coordinate with Montana if in fact we have a connection, we just haven't seen that yet".

Detectives here in MI are working to determine if those remains belong to three missing boys from MI. Claims that the mother was abusing the boys were not true, according to Tanya Skelton, who says she is heartbroken her boys were never found.

The mother of the three missing boys, Tanya Zuvers, posted on Facebook shortly after the case went public. Police believe he killed the children because of a nasty custody fight.

"Everybody talks about them, everybody wants them back", she said. In September 2011, the latter charge was dropped; Shelton pleaded no contest to the unlawful imprisonment. He is now behind bars for unlawful imprisonment.

There is no confirmed link to the MI case at this time.

"We don't know where the bones came from, and if they were transported from one area to another, and ended up here".

Members of the University of Montana Anthropology Department studied the remains and determined they were bones from children. Skelton is now serving a 10-15-year prison sentence.

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