Morenci Police to address shift in focus of missing Skelton boys investigation

Police in Morenci are preparing to address the public after over a month of quietly investigating the disappearance of three young brothers.

Morenci Police Chief Larry Weeks is expected to give an update Tuesday afternoon on the status of his department's investigation surrounding the missing Skelton boys. Weeks says his team is making a "shift in the investigative focus."

Andrew, Alexander and Tanner Skelton were last seen in their father's backyard on Nov. 25, 2010. The boys were reported missing when they were not returned to their mother, Tanya Skelton's, home. John Skelton told a court, during a Dec. hearing, that he gave his sons to an organization . He refused to identify the person or group. At an unrelated hearing on Friday, Skelton told a judge that he cannot return the boys to their mother.

Skelton has pleaded not guilty to three counts of parental kidnapping. He is currently being held on $30 million bond.

Morenci Police Chief Larry Weeks has said that despite a continuous effort to find the young Skelton brothers continues, the outcome doesn't look good. "My desire is to retain hope," Weeks said just days after the boys went missing. "The information we have does not indicate that this will have a positive outcome."

Along with Chief Weeks, a Skelton family representative, and Morenci Mayor Keith Pennington, are also expected to address the public at Tuesday's press conference.

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

If you have any information regarding the boys disappearance or whereabouts please call the Morenci Police Department tip line at 517-458-7104.