Bones Found Unrelated to 3 Missing Michigan Boys

By Scott Sarvay

July 11, 2011 Updated Jul 11, 2011 at 10:55 AM EDT

MORENCI, MI. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Search crews found bone remainents when they headed back into the woods of Morenci, Michigan on Saturday but the fragments were unable to solve the mystery of the three missing brothers.

The bones that were found during the search happened to originate from an animal and not a human which means that the search for the missing Skelton boys continues.

The search took place at one of the wooded areas around town searchers had checked before. Crews weren’t looking for anything particular since Saturday’s search was part of a drill. Shiawassee County search and rescue personnel teach Lenawee County authorities how to be better seekers.

The three missing brothers vanished more than eight months ago from the tiny town of Morenci, Michigan. The case made national headlines because the father claims he gave them to strangers.

John Skelton is charged with kidnapping his sons. Skelton claims he gave the boys to a sanctuary group in Ohio, to protect them from their mother.

Authorities are treating the case as a murder investigation, even though they have not found the bodies.

"We know as more time goes by, it becomes more concerning we may or may not find them," says Morenci Police Chief, Larry Weeks.

Skelton remains in custody at this time. The judge has not set a trial date. If convicted, Skelton could spend the rest of his life in prison.

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