MORENCI, Mich. (WXYZ) - As the FBI, police, and volunteers scour parks, woods, and countryside looking for any sign of Andrew, Alex, and Tanner Skelton, investigators try to work quickly with few clues and changing stories. Below, a timeline as the search continues for the three young boys.
SEPTEMBER 2010: Tanya Skelton files for divorce. She is awarded custody of their three sons: Andrew, 9, Alex, 7, and Tanner, 5.
John Skelton takes the boys to Florida without Tanya's permission.
Wednesday, 11/24: John Skelton leaves a disturbing post on facebook saying, "I love my wife very much. May God and Tanya forgive me."
Thursday, 11/25: The three boys are last seen playing in their father's yard during a court-ordered visitation.
- Tanya Skelton reports the three boys missing when they do not show up at her house as expected.
- John Skelton is taken to the hospital after attempting suicide. He tells police he turned his sons over to a woman named Joann Taylor that he had met years ago while helping her with car trouble. Skelton says he kept in contact with the woman through email. He says he asked Taylor to pick up the boys and take them to their mother because he didn't want them in the house when he was going to try and hang himself.
- Police issue the Amber Alert saying the boys were considered to be in "extreme danger".
- The search begins.
- Police, fire crews, and volunteers continue to search. Action News follows police to Harrison Lake State Park in Ohio but nothing turns up.
- Morenci Chief of Police Larry Weeks holds the first of several press conferences asking anyone with information on the whereabouts of Joann Taylor or the boys.
- The FBI, police and fire crews, as well as volunteers continue searching areas on both sides of the Michigan-Ohio border.
- The community comes together Sunday night to hold a prayer vigil for the Skelton brothers.
- The boys' grandmother, Roxann Skelton, goes on Good Morning America and speaks to local media saying she believes her son was truthful about Joann Taylor.
- Morenci Police reveal that John Skelton was not truthful about the existence of Joann Taylor.
- Search moves further south into Pioneer, Ohio
- Morenci Police say at press conference that new information has led them to believe there will not be a "positive outcome" in the case.
- Morenci Police Chief Larry Weeks announces that John Skelton has been taken into custody for parental kidnapping.
- John Skelton due in Toledo court for hearing on charges of parental kidnapping