John Skelton Attempts Suicide; His Three Young Boys Are Missing
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 10:10 am
|The three missing Skelton boys are Andrew, 9, Alexander, 7, and Tanner, 5.|
|Police believe John Skelton lied about giving his three boys to another woman|
The kids -- 9-year-old Andrew, 7-year-old Alexander and 5-year-old Tanner Skelton -- were supposed to be delivered by Taylor to his wife Friday morning. But they never arrived. Skelton says he met Taylor years ago after he stopped to help her when her car broke down along a road. He claims they stayed in touch over the internet ever since.
But police can find no one by that name, and they're not sure Taylor even exists. They also say they can't verify anything Skelton has told them about the whereabouts of his kids.
In the meantime, cops and volunteers have been searching fields near Morenci. Police have also dispatched searchers to Kunkle and Pioneer, Ohio this morning.
UPDATE: Police now believe John Skelton may have dumped his kids along the side of a road.
Police spent yesterday searching an Ohio campground and a 20 mile stretch of road for any clues to the missing boys. But since they've tried to limit children from helping with the search -- and the road search strictly involved police -- we're guessing they're expecting the worst.
|Tanya Skelton was convicted in 1998 of having relations with an underage boy|
Skelton has taken his children before. His wife Tanya filed for divorce in September after he took the boys to Florida, saying he was moving to Jacksonville. He also took the kids to Ohio without her permission. She was granted custody, but he retained visitation rights.
This isn't the classiest family. Tanya was convicted in 1998 of having a relationship with an underage boy. We don't know the details of that incident, but seeing as how a judge granted her custody, we're guessing a court saw even less in John.
Since their separation in September, friends say John has been harassing Tanya over the internet.
See our last story from the Missing Persons file: Ex-Fiance Charged in the Murder of Missing College Ballerina Jenni-Lyn Watson.