Search for long missing Michigan teens continues after investigative dead-end

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) - A Michigan cold case gets colder, but national investigators aren’t giving up on finding three missing boys.

With every passing day, the chances of finding a missing child go down.
The Skelton brothers of Morenci, Michigan disappeared in 2010, and investigators concede time is not on their side. “But it doesn’t mean that the lights go out,” said Bob Lowery with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Lowery is a vice president with NCMEC’s Missing Child Division. He said he thought a recent lead might finally provide answers in the Skelton case.

Last year, authorities in Missoula, Montana discovered the remains of three children. “Other than the Skelton children, we’re not aware of three other children that are missing who would be related,” said Lowery.

But Lowery remained skeptical though. Andrew, Alexander, Tanner and rest of the Skelton family had no obvious ties to the area. Testing of the remains confirmed Lowery’s suspicion; the bones are believed to be more than 99 years old.

“We’re going to continue to search until these three boys are found,” said Lowery before the recent lead proved to be a dead-end. He said he’s committed to getting the Skeltons’ mother, “ the answers that she needs.”

The boys’ father is serving 10 - 15 years in connection with their disappearance. But for the NCMEC, a case doesn’t close with a conviction, only once the missing are found. They’ll continue pulling threads and waiting for tips hoping to beat the ever-worsening odds.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children doesn’t ever give up on cases.
Their oldest cold case dates back to 1938.

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