The news that so many people had dread just became actuality. The father of three missing Michigan boys, who attempted to kill himself last week and was arrested Tuesday upon his release from a mental hospital, has now admitted to killing them.
During a press conference on Tuesday authorities said they do not "anticipate a positive outcome" in the case after days of searching and based on what the children's father said.
Authorities and volunteers, however, continue searching for the three missing brothers from Morenci, Michigan, though hope is fading.
Andrew Skelton, 9, Alexander Skelton, 7, and Tanner Skelton, 5, were last seen on Thursday and were reported missing Friday when they did were not returned to their mother as scheduled. The children's father, John Skelton, initially said he did not want his children around when he tried to kill himself. He claimed to have turned them over to a woman he hardly knew, Joann Taylor, asking her to return the boys to their mother in Morenci, Michigan.
He's not changed his story and police do not believe a relationship existed between Skelton and Taylor. John Skelton has admitted to FBI profilers that he killed his sons. No further details were released regarding the admission.
Skelton, 39, was unsuccessful in his attempt to hang himself. Police have been engaging in conversations with Skelton regarding where his sons may be located and he has been forthcoming with some information.
Those conversations led investigators to grim expectations, according to Morenci Police Chief Larry Weeks. No details or specifics were provided but Weeks said statement made by Skelton to investigators are what indicated to them there would not be a positive outcome to this case.
According to Weeks, no decision has yet been made about the charges being sought against Skelton. The boys' mother and family were notified that authorities are not optimistic about the case. When asked how the family is reacting to the news, Weeks said, "Imagine your worst nightmare. How would you respond?"
Searchers will continue to look for the missing brothers. Crews searched areas of Williams County on Monday, including a campground where authorities believed Skelton may have taken the boys in the past.
Searchers set up a command center in Pioneer with searches extending to West Unity, Kunkle, and Holiday City.
Police are asking anyone with information to call the Morenci Police Department at 517-458-7104.