MP of the week: Andrew Skelton (and, by extension, his brothers)

This week’s featured missing person is Andrew Ryan Skelton, age 9, who disappeared along with his brothers Alexander, 7, and Tanner, 5, from Morenci, Michigan the day after Thanksgiving in 2010. The boys are all adorable and remind me of my nephews when they were that age.

This case is an exceptionally sad one, even by Charley Project standards. The boys’ father made off with them and was later located alone. He made a half-hearted suicide attempt and was hospitalized, then charged with kidnapping in connection to his sons’ disappearances. John Skelton pleaded guilty to lesser charges of false imprisonment was sent to prison for a ten- to fifteen-year term. He claims the boys are safe but refuses to reveal their whereabouts — in my opinion, because he knows he’ll be facing a lot longer than ten to fifteen years if the three children are located. I’m pretty sure they’re dead.

As I’ve said before, this case remains me very much of the still-unsolved Campbell case from over 50 years ago. It also makes me think of the disappearances of Sarah and Philip Gehring, murdered by their father, whose remains were recovered in 2005. And the Porter case, another homicide by a parent; Sam and Lindsey Porter’s bodies were located in 2007, after they’d been missing more than three years. All of the aforementioned children are or were featured on Charley.

If you ask me, John Skelton should remain in prison until he discloses the boys’ location, one way or the other. (Alexander, Tanner and Andrew’s mother hopes they’re still alive.) But he’s been in jail since shortly after they disappeared, over three years, and seems to show no signs of cracking. He seems to be a man so full of hatred and despair that he doesn’t care what happens to him anymore.

10 thoughts on “MP of the week: Andrew Skelton (and, by extension, his brothers)

  1. drycamp March 18, 2014 / 4:14 pm

    He has nothing to gain at this point and a great deal to lose by telling the truth if the boys are dead.

    • Meaghan March 18, 2014 / 4:30 pm

      Which, imho, is probably why he won’t talk.

  2. Janet Cook March 18, 2014 / 11:01 pm

    you are wrong. the boys are very much alive!

    • Meaghan March 18, 2014 / 11:04 pm

      I certainly hope so.

  3. Tracey Reitterer March 19, 2014 / 1:58 am

    I spoke to one of the detectives on the Skelton case in 2012. I don’t have my notes in front of me to tell you his name & wouldn’t be comfortable tagging his name to what he told me anyway, but it was along the lines of, “detectives on this case would like nothing more than to put John’s balls in a vice grip to make him talk”. lol (I couldn’t agree more.) In light of the case being 2 years cold by that time, I suggested they call on the cashier who located the Gehring kids bodies in a desolate area along the Ohio turnpike. While LE was searching for those kids from NH to Nebraska, an average woman searching with her dog was able to find them. Call it a spiritual connection, (which I believe in that case) gut instinct or just a lucky guess, she located those kids when no one else could. Of course, the detective blew me off after that thought. If you ask me, LE arrogance is what keeps so many of these cases so cold. When you’re all of of ideas on your own, what can it hurt to ask the public for any help they can get?!

  4. Awkward Axolotl March 19, 2014 / 7:05 pm

    Just an FYI, the photo you have for him as the ‘Missing Person of the Week’ is actually, I believe, of Alexander, not Andrew. You seem to have the two boys in that particular image mixed up.

  5. Allykatt March 20, 2014 / 4:29 am

    Accidentally discovered online that the mother of the missing Campbell children passed away last year. Those children’s names were put on her gravestone marker as well as her two living children she had later. Such a sad story.

  6. Crystal March 21, 2014 / 3:55 pm

    It’s cases like these that make me wish I could believe in a vengeful God. It would be nice to think that people that harm children are punished in an afterlife–unfortunately, I don’t think that’s true.

  7. Nick December 15, 2017 / 12:39 am

    Possibility of an update with this case. If the bodies found in Montana turn out to be them, it’ll surely be a sad update.

    • Meaghan December 15, 2017 / 12:40 am

      I doubt the ones in Montana are them but whoever they are, they are someone’s children and it is very tragic.

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