John Skelton, 39, of Morenci, told investigators Friday that he didn't want the boys in his house when he committed suicide, so he asked a woman named Joann Taylor to take them to their mother, who is separated from Skelton. Authorities have not been able to confirm if Taylor exists.
The boys, Tanner Lucas Skelton, 5; Alexander Skelton, 7; and Andrew Skelton, 9, remain missing Sunday. Skelton is being treated at a hospital for mental health issues.
Skelton, who reportedly is a long-haul truck driver, said he met Taylor several years ago and that the two had been involved in an online relationship. She was believed to live in Jackson or Hillsdale counties in southeast Michigan.The boys were last seen on Friday in the 100-block of East Congress St. in Morenci. If you have any information you are asked to call the Morenci Police Department at 517-458-7104.