Divers search Williams Co. waters for missing boys

Andrew, Alexander and Tanner Skelton

A dive team from the Toledo Fire Department has joined the search efforts in Williams County for three missing Morenci boys.

Morenci Police Chief Larry Weeks says the Toledo dive team is working in areas of the northwest Ohio county Thursday as crews and volunteers continue to search any and all areas authorities believe the boys may have visited with their father.

9-year-old Andrew, 7-year-old Alexander and 5-year-old Tanner have been missing since Thanksgiving Day when they were last seen playing in the backyard of their father's Morenci home. Their father, John Skelton, is being held in the Lucas County Jail on $3 million bond , charged with three counts of parental kidnapping.

A $10,000 reward has been offered by an anonymous donor to anyone who can return or recover the missing boys.

In a morning press conference, Chief Weeks recounted a story of when he last saw the eldest Skelton son. He said he walked into the Skelton home and was immediately greeted by Andrew who said, "Hey Chief, how ya doing?" The boy then ran to his room and came back wearing a police vest. He told Weeks, "I'm gonna be a police officer like you one day." The chief said that moment has remained with him each day Andrew and his brothers have been missing.

Weeks says he is confident in the direction the search for the missing brothers is going. Depsite a decrease in the number of leads and tips coming in to authorities, Weeks says, "I'm not giving up."

Dive teams are said to be searching the St. Joseph River on Thursday. The waterway runs between Pioneer and Holiday City on US 20 just west of SR 15 in Williams County. Crews have also called for ATVs in the area to assist with the search.