One Year Later, A Mother Talks About Her Missing Boys

By Max Resnik

November 25, 2011 Updated Nov 25, 2011 at 11:19 PM EDT

MORENCI, MI (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – On the one year anniversary of the day her three young boys went missing, Tanya Zuvers sat down with Indiana’s NewsCenter for an interview on what life has been like during the last year.

Tanner, 6, Alexander, 8, and Andrew, 10, went missing on this day last year with their father John Skelton. Skelton, who now sits in a Michigan prison serving a 15-year sentence for unlawful imprisonment, has maintained that the boys are in a safe place. He has said that he moved the boys to the safe place in order to keep them away from their mother Tanya Zuvers. Zuvers says the boys could be anywhere.

“I have no idea. I mean he went—he was a truck driver. Who knows? I mean, he went a lot of different places.”

Zuvers, since the day the boys were reported missing, has maintained that the boys are still alive. That feeling might not be shared with police who may have some evidence to the contrary according to Zuvers. That evidence is something that she is not able disclose. She says however that her intuition as a mother tells her that her boys are still alive.

“In my heart, I don’t feel they’re gone.”

Late Thursday night, members of the Morenci Police Department stopped motorists traveling along US 127 near the Ohio-Michigan border. There, they handed out flyers with pictures of the boys. It is believed that Skelton was in that area the same time last year in a blue Dodge Caravan carrying the boys. Zuvers says a continued effort on the part of police, community members and media can help bring her boys home.

“I can’t give into that, and I don’t feel they’re gone. I just—they’re out there. I just need to find that key piece of information.”

Zuvers believes there is someone, or a group of individuals, who know where Tanner, Alexander and Andrew are. She says someone will eventually “slip” and lead police to her children.

Zuvers’ Friday was spent with her parents and other family members making tacos. She is upbeat, positive and trying to stay focused on the good as she puts it. She says staying optimistic is not a choice.

“I want to be this person when my boys come home. I don’t want to be curled in bed crying, and so I strive everyday to stay positive and focus on the good.”

Sunday, friends and family of Zuvers and her boys will congregate at the Morenci High School gym at 2 p.m. to commemorate the one year anniversary of their disappearance.

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