Candlelight Vigil Offers Christmas Prayer For Mother Of Missing Michigan Boys

By Valerie Caviglia

Candlelight Vigil Offers Christmas Prayer For Mother Of Missing Michigan Boys

December 25, 2010 Updated Dec 25, 2010 at 11:21 AM EDT

ADRIAN, Mich. -- Just before Christmas, supporters gathered together for a special candlelight vigil at a park in Adrian, Mich., the candle flames a flicker of hope that three missing Michigan boys will return home safely. But prayers were not reserved for the boys alone, as their mother faces the holiday without them.

At the vigil Thursday evening, a family friend spoke for Tanya Skelton, the mother of Alex, 7, Andrew, 9 and Tanner Skelton, 5, missing since Thanksgiving.

"As you all say your prayers, say a special one for Tanya because Christmas is not going to be easy for her," Kathye Herrera said.

The park where the group gathered was within sight of the Lenawee County jail, where the boy's father, John Skelton, is being held under charges of parental kidnapping. He has told a court the boys are safe but will not reveal their whereabouts.

Tanya Skelton had previously declined to discuss her children's disappearance but broke her silence earlier this week. On Monday, she made a public plea for the safe return of her sons.

"I want my boys home for Christmas," she said. "I feel they're out there somewhere. I just don't know where."

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