MI police reach out to Missoula investigators after remains discovered

On Thursday, testing revealed that the body parts belong to children as follows: one child between the ages of 2 and 4, another between 5 and 8 and the oldest has been estimated to be between 6 and 10.

State police in MI are taking an active interest in the bone fragments and teeth of three children found in a Missoula shed. They were 9, 7, and 5 years old respectively.

The box of children's remains found in a shed in Missoula is gaining national interest in the case and may generate leads into who these children were and how they died.

"Loose teeth, there was what appeared to be bone from a lower jaw, and others that were not as specifically described, but I would call them pieces of bones", Missoula Police spokesman Sgt. Travis Welsh told KRTV. Missoula police say it's an open investigation.

The Skelton brothers went missing while in the care of their father, John Skelton, just after Thanksgiving in 2010.

MI authorities add that there has been nothing previously reported to police linking the brothers to Montana, and it is not known at this time if the remains are from related siblings. However, they say nothing previously reported has linked the brothers to Montana.

Despite the passage of time, Morenci hasn't forgotten the missing brothers.

Detectives here in MI are working to determine if those remains belong to three missing boys from MI.

Kathye Herrera, a friend of Tanya Zuvers, said that even if the remains proved to be those of the missing children, it would be better for her friend to know that than to go on not knowing. Police believe he killed the children because of a nasty custody fight. In September 2011, the latter charge was dropped; Shelton pleaded no contest to the unlawful imprisonment.

Now police are piecing together the identity of the boys and where they may have come from. He told police, he gave the boys to an organization to protect them from their mother while the couple was going through a divorce.

When pressed by authorities about what he had done with his sons, Skelton originally said they were with a friend, Crime Watch Daily reported.

Back in Montana, police this week have repeatedly searched the property where the bones were discovered, with the assistance of an anthropology professor and graduate students from the University of Montana, according to court filings.

  • Joey Payne