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« on: November 27, 2010, 11:43:47 AM »

AMBER ALERT issued for three brothers from Morenci, Michigan.

MORENCI, MICH. (WXYZ) - Police in Morenci, Michigan have issued an Amber Alert for three young brothers who are believed to be in extreme danger.

The boys' father sent them off with a woman he met on the internet to return them to their mother, but she never did.  Police have identified that woman as Joann Taylor. The boys' father is now in the hospital and the children, along with Taylor, are missing.

They were last seen on at 2:30p.m. Friday, November 26, 2010.

Alexander William Skelton is 7 years-old, 3' 9, 45 pounds and has brown eyes, brown hair and a scar on his chin . Tanner Skelton is 5 years-old, 3' 6 with blue eyes and blonde hair. Andrew Skelton is 9 years-old, 4'  with brown hair and brown eyes.

Joann Taylor is believed to be from either Jackson or Hillsdale, Michigan. She owns a silver van. Anyone who has seen the boys or knows Joann Taylor is asked to contact Morenci police immediately at (517) 263-0524.

http://www.wxyz.com/dpp/news/state/amber-alert-issued-for-three-btothers-from-morenci,-michigan.
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« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2010, 11:45:32 AM »

Amber Alert issued for 3 boys believed to be in extreme danger
Trio last seen with woman their dad met over the Internet

By ANDREA K. FARMER
FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER


An Amber Alert has been issued for three young boys in Lenawee County who are believed to be in extreme danger.

Andrew Ryan Skelton, 9, Alexander William Skelton, 7, and Tanner Lucas Skelton, 5, were reportedly last seen Friday at 2:30 p.m. with Joann Taylor, a woman whom their father met on the Internet.

The suspect was to return the children to their mother, but the children have been missing since. The father is currently in the hospital.

Taylor is believed to be a resident of either Jackson County or Hillsdale County and drives a silver van.

The missing children are all described as white males. Andrew is 4-ft. 1-in. tall, weighs 57-lbs. and has brown eyes and hair; Alexander is 3-ft. 9-in. tall, weighs 45-lbs., has brown eyes and hair and has a scar at his hairline and on his chin; Tanner is 3-ft. 6-in. tall with blue eyes and blond hair.

The Morenci Police Department is currently investigating.

If you have any information regarding the three missing children, the alleged abductor or the suspect’s vehicle, please call 911, the Morenci Police Department at 517-458-2323 or Lenawee County Dispatch at 517-263-0524.


http://www.freep.com/article/20101127/NEWS06/101127005/1008/Amber-Alert-issued-for-3-boys-believed-to-be-in-extreme-danger
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« Reply #2 on: November 27, 2010, 11:47:07 AM »

........After turning the children over to this woman, the father tried to take his own life. ........


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« Reply #3 on: November 27, 2010, 11:51:59 AM »

http://www.lenconnect.com/breaking/x812950079/Morenci-police-search-for-three-brothers
Morenci police search for three brothers
November 27, 2010

MORENCI, Mich. —

Police say three Morenci brothers are in extreme danger after their father gave them to a woman Friday to have them given to their mother.

The boys’ father is now in the hospital after an apparent suicide attempt, police say, and the boys are missing.

According to an Amber Alert issued by the Morenci police, the children are Tanner Lucas Skelton, 5; Alexander William Skelton, 7; and Andrew Ryan Skelton, 9. They were last seen with a woman named Joann Taylor, who the boys’ father met online. The boys were last seen at about 2:30 p.m. Friday.

Taylor drives a silver van and is thought to be from Hillsdale or Jackson counties. Police say she is married to Mark Taylor, who might be a pastor.

The boys’ physical descriptions are:

— Tanner: 3 feet 6 inches tall, 40 pounds, blue eyes and blonde hair.

— Alexander: 3 feet 9 inches tall, 45 pounds, brown eyes and brown hair. He has a scar on his chin and a scar near his hairline.

— Andrew: 4 feet tall, 57 pounds, brown eyes and brown hair.

Anyone with information on the boys or the Taylors are asked to call 911 or the Morenci police at 458-7104
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« Reply #4 on: November 27, 2010, 11:52:47 AM »

Emphasis added by me....


Police are looking for three missing Lenawee County boys

Police are looking for three boys who are missing out of Lenawee County.

Andrew Ryan Skelton, 9; Alexander William Skelton, 7; and Tanner Lucas Skelton, 5, were reported missing by their father early Friday morning, Morenci Police Chief Larry Weeks said.

Weeks said the boys’ father, whose name has not been released, handed his sons over to a woman named Joann Taylor on Thursday night or early Friday morning.

They were last seen at 112 E. Congress St. in Morenci.

The father told police that Taylor is married to a man named Mark Taylor, who is believed to be a pastor in the Hillsdale or Jackson area.

Andrew is 4 feet, 1 inch weighs 45 pounds and has brown hair and brown eyes. Alexander is 3-9, weighs 45 pounds and has brown hair and brown eyes. Tanner is 3-6, weighs 40 pounds and has brown hair and blue eyes.

Police ask anyone with information on the whereabouts of the boys or Joann and Mark Taylor to contact the Morenci Police Department at 517-458-7104 or Lenawee County Dispatch at 517-263-0524.

http://www.mlive.com/news/jackson/index.ssf/2010/11/police_are_looking_for_three_m.html
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« Reply #5 on: November 27, 2010, 11:54:18 AM »

http://upfrontnewswire.com/781/update-1-michigan-authorities-search-for-three-missing-children/



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« Reply #6 on: November 27, 2010, 01:40:23 PM »

Some larger photos of the three missing boys:

http://www.freep.com/article/20101127/NEWS06/101127005/1318/Police-Missing-boys-last-seen-with-woman-that-dad-met-on-Internet
Amber Alert issued for 3 boys believed to be in extreme danger
Trio last seen with woman their dad met over the Internet
By ANDREA K. FARMER AND GINA DAMRON
November 27, 2010


Andrew Ryan Skelton, 9. An Amber Alert was issued Saturday, November 27, 2010, for Andrew Ryan Skelton, 9, Alexander William Skelton, 7, and Tanner Lucas Skelton, 5. The boys were last seen Friday at 2:30 p.m. with Joann Taylor, a woman whom their father met on the Internet. The suspect drives a silver van. (NCMEC)



An Amber Alert has been issued for three young boys in Lenawee County who are believed to be in extreme danger.
Andrew Ryan Skelton, 9, Alexander William Skelton, 7, and Tanner Lucas Skelton, 5, were reportedly last seen Friday at 2:30 p.m. with Joann Taylor, a woman whom their father, John Skelton, met on the Internet.

The suspect was to return the children to their mother, but the children have been missing since. Taylor is believed to be a resident of either Jackson County or Hillsdale County and drives a silver van.

Police say the father of the three boys has been hospitalized following a suicide attempt.

The missing children are all described as white males. Andrew is 4-ft. 1-in. tall, weighs 57-lbs. and has brown eyes and hair; Alexander is 3-ft. 9-in. tall, weighs 45-lbs., has brown eyes and hair and has a scar at his hairline and on his chin; Tanner is 3-ft. 6-in. tall with blue eyes and blond hair.

The Morenci Police Department is currently investigating and will hold a press conference at 2 p.m. today.


If you have any information regarding the three missing children, the alleged abductor or the suspect’s vehicle, please call 911, the Morenci Police Department at 517-458-2323 or Lenawee County Dispatch at 517-263-0524.









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« Reply #7 on: November 27, 2010, 03:32:33 PM »

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« Reply #8 on: November 27, 2010, 05:13:26 PM »

http://www.freep.com/article/20101127/NEWS06/101127005/Amber-Alert-issued-for-3-boys-missing-in-Lenawee-County


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Amber Alert issued for 3
boys missing in Lenawee
County

 By GINA DAMRON and ANDREA K. FARMER
FREE PRESS STAFF WRITERS

 Police continue to search for three boys who
have been missing for two days in Lenawee
County.

An Amber Alert has been issued for Andrew Ryan
Skelton, 9, Alexander William Skelton, 7, and
Tanner Lucas Skelton, 5, who were reportedly
last seen Thursday in their father’s backyard at
his home in Morenci, a small town in Lenawee
County near the Ohio border.

Police said the father, John Skelton, 39,
attempted suicide by trying to hang himself
Friday.

Skelton told officers that he met a couple, Mark
and Joann Taylor, a few years ago when he
stopped to help them when they were having
vehicle trouble. Police said Skelton told them
that he kept in contact with the couple over the
years via the Internet.

The children’s mother had recently filed for
divorce and the boys had been visiting Skelton
over the holiday, police said. They said Skelton
told them he asked Joann Taylor to return the
kids to their mother in Lenawee County.

But police said today that they have no
information or location for a Joann Taylor. "We’v
e exhausted our resources at this point,"
Morenci Police Chief Larry Weeks said.

Police said Skelton has been hospitalized since
his suicide attempt. A friend of the boys’
grandparents said Skelton is a long-haul truck
driver.
 The missing children are all described as white
males. Andrew is 4 foot 1, weighs 57 pounds and
has brown eyes and hair. Alexander is 3 foot 9,
weighs 45 pounds, has brown eyes and hair and
has a scar at his hairline and on his chin. Tanner
is 3 foot 6 with blue eyes and blond hair.

In addition to the Morenci Police Department,
agents with the FBI and Michigan State Police
officials are involved in the investigation.

Police said any information regarding the
missing children, the alleged abductor or the
suspect’s vehicle should be reported by calling
911, the Morenci Police Department at 517-458-
2323 or Lenawee County Dispatch at 517-263-
0524.

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« Reply #9 on: November 27, 2010, 05:19:46 PM »

Thank you for the update and additional information ka8lhi.  I hope the three young Skelton brothers are found safe and found soon!
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« Reply #11 on: November 27, 2010, 09:11:13 PM »

http://www.cnn.com/2010/CRIME/11/27/michigan.missing.children/
3 Michigan boys missing after father drops them off to attempt suicide
November 27, 2010

Police and neighbors were searching for three young Michigan boys Saturday who have been missing since their father claimed he dropped them off with a woman before trying to kill himself a day earlier.

The father survived his suicide attempt and is now being cared for in a mental health facility, according to Morenci, Michigan, Police Chief Larry Weeks said Saturday.

But Michigan authorities do not know what has happened to his boys -- 5-year-old Tanner Skelton, 7-year-old Alexander William Skelton and 9-year-old Andrew Skelton -- prompting them to issue an Amber Alert on Friday.

Weeks said that the boy's father, John Skelton, told police that he dropped the boys off Friday morning with a woman he identified as Joann Taylor -- in part to ensure they didn't see him while and after he tried to commit suicide.

John Skelton told police that the woman, whom he allegedly met on the internet, was supposed to drop the boys off at their home in Morenci, a small town on the Ohio border about 40 miles west of Toledo, around 3 p.m. Friday.

But the boys never went home and, Weeks added, authorities still aren't sure if John Skelton's story -- including Joann Taylor's existence -- is true or a fabrication.


"We have not been able to locate a Joann Taylor or confirm that she even exists," Weeks told reporters Saturday evening.


The last non-family member saw the boys at 5 p.m. on Thursday, according to the chief.

Their mother, Tanya, has been with police "virtually the entire day" on Saturday, answering questions and serving as what Weeks called a "valuable resource at this time."

Weeks said Tanya Skelton had "contact with someone alleging to be Joann," adding only that this communication was not necessarily by phone or in person.

According to the Amber Alert, Taylor may have been from Jackson or Hillsdale counties and may be driving a silver van. Still, Weeks reiterated that they have yet to confirm she is real and, if so, if she is with the boys.

Saturday's press conference was crowded with media and residents of Morenci, many of whom have been searching spots for signs of the young boys. But he said authorities have little concrete evidence to point community members to places where the young Skeltons might be.

"We understand their drive and desire to be out there," said Weeks. "The fact is, I cannot tell the community there's a specific location they should be searching."

The alert notes that Tanner is 3 feet, 6 inches tall, has strawberry blond hair, has blue eyes and weighs about 40 pounds. Alexander is 3 feet, 9 inches tall, has brown hair and eyes, and weighs about 45 pounds. The older brother, Andrew, is 4 feet, 1 inch tall, has brown hair and eyes and weighs roughly 57 pounds.
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« Reply #12 on: November 27, 2010, 09:18:09 PM »

It's sounding worse and worse with every article I'm reading.  It appears LE are trying to determine when the last time someone other than their father saw the three brothers.  And now they're not even sure if the story the John Skelton (the father) is telling is true, and if Joann Taylor, the woman he allegedly handed the children off to even exists.  I'm so very afraid for the boys.  They could have been gone for longer than originally reported/thought.  It looks like people have been searching for the boys, even though there isn't a specific area to search yet.  They just want to try to find them. 
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« Reply #13 on: November 27, 2010, 09:23:36 PM »

http://www.lenconnect.com/features/x812950079/Morenci-police-search-for-three-brothers
Morenci police search for three brothers
Posted Nov 27, 2010 @ 08:24 PM
Last update Nov 27, 2010 @ 09:11 PM
MORENCI, Mich. —

Three young boys from Morenci remained missing Saturday evening while police sought clues as to their whereabouts.

According to an Amber Alert issued by the Morenci police, the missing children are Tanner Lucas Skelton, 5; Alexander William Skelton, 7; and Andrew Ryan Skelton, 9.

Police said Saturday they consider the brothers to be in extreme danger.

Their father, John Skelton of Morenci, said he turned the boys over to someone named Joann Taylor to take to their mother on Friday, then he attempted to commit suicide by hanging himself, Morenci Police Chief Larry Weeks said.

John Skelton now is in an Ohio hospital.

Skelton called an acquaintance after his failed suicide attempt and the acquaintance took him to a medical center, Weeks said.

Meanwhile, Weeks said during a press conference Saturday evening that he is not sure Joann Taylor even exists.

“We cannot confirm that that person exists,” Weeks said.

The boys’ mother, Tanya Skelton, also of Morenci, called Morenci police after the boys were not returned to her at 3 p.m. Friday as she said the were supposed to be, Weeks said.

John and Tanya Skelton are married but separated, Weeks said.

John Skelton told police that Joann Taylor lives in Hillsdale County or the Jackson area, but police have not been able to find an address for her or her husband, whom John Skelton told police is named Mark Taylor.

Morenci police, Michigan State Police, FBI agents and the Lenawee County Sheriff’s department are all involved in looking for the boys, Weeks said.

John Skelton reportedly met Joann Taylor and her husband when their vehicle was broken down by the side of the road. He then reportedly maintained contact with her via the Internet, Weeks said.

At the press conference Saturday, Kathye Herrera, a neighbor and family friend of the Skeltons, said family members are “very  distressed.”
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« Reply #14 on: November 27, 2010, 09:49:35 PM »

So it does get worse ... here are some web sites showing the mother is Tanya Lynn Skelton - with a relative of John Russell Skelton...to hard to copy and not sure how to do a screen shot...but the bolded link is the one I'm worried about...

http://www.peoplesmart.com/psp.aspx?_act=resultsgo&aff=34&search=name&FirstName=Tanya&MiddleName=Lynn&LastName=Skelton&City=Morenci&State=MI

http://www.life360.com/sex-offender-tanya-skelton-morenci-mi
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« Reply #15 on: November 27, 2010, 09:53:38 PM »

Re: Please describe ''CSC 4th degree (multiple variables)


THE MICHIGAN PENAL CODE (EXCERPT)


Act 328 of 1931


750.520e Criminal sexual conduct in the fourth degree; misdemeanor.

Sec. 520e.


(1) A person is guilty of criminal sexual conduct in the fourth degree if he or she engages in sexual contact with another person and if any of the following circumstances exist:


(a) That other person is at least 13 years of age but less than 16 years of age, and the actor is 5 or more years older than that other person.


(b) Force or coercion is used to accomplish the sexual contact. Force or coercion includes, but is not limited to, any of the following circumstances:


(i) When the actor overcomes the victim through the actual application of physical force or physical violence.


(ii) When the actor coerces the victim to submit by threatening to use force or violence on the victim, and the victim believes that the actor has the present ability to execute that threat.


(iii) When the actor coerces the victim to submit by threatening to retaliate in the future against the victim, or any other person, and the victim believes that the actor has the ability to execute that threat. As used in this subparagraph, “to retaliate” includes threats of physical punishment, kidnapping, or extortion.


(iv) When the actor engages in the medical treatment or examination of the victim in a manner or for purposes which are medically recognized as unethical or unacceptable.


(v) When the actor achieves the sexual contact through concealment or by the element of surprise.


(c) The actor knows or has reason to know that the victim is mentally incapable, mentally incapacitated, or physically helpless.


(d) That other person is related to the actor by blood or affinity to the third degree and the sexual contact occurs under circumstances not otherwise prohibited by this chapter. It is an affirmative defense to a prosecution under this subdivision that the other person was in a position of authority over the defendant and used this authority to coerce the defendant to violate this subdivision. The defendant has the burden of proving this defense by a preponderance of the evidence. This subdivision does not apply if both persons are lawfully married to each other at the time of the alleged violation.


(e) The actor is a mental health professional and the sexual contact occurs during or within 2 years after the period in which the victim is his or her client or patient and not his or her spouse. The consent of the victim is not a defense to a prosecution under this subdivision. This does not indicate that the victim is mentally incompetent.


(2) Criminal sexual conduct in the fourth degree is a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than 2 years or a fine of not more than $500.00, or both.



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« Reply #16 on: November 27, 2010, 10:08:19 PM »

Here's a picture of John and Tanya Skelton from Morenci, Michigan - now I can't be sure it is the correct John and Tanya but since Morenci isn't that big - what are the chances there is another couple with the same name??

http://allrecipes.com/Cook/18082262/Photos.aspx

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« Reply #17 on: November 27, 2010, 11:16:21 PM »

Here's a picture of John and Tanya Skelton from Morenci, Michigan - now I can't be sure it is the correct John and Tanya but since Morenci isn't that big - what are the chances there is another couple with the same name??

http://allrecipes.com/Cook/18082262/Photos.aspx



About this Cook
I am a 39 yr. old stay-at-home mother of 6: 3 girls; ages 18, 14, 12, and 3 boys; ages 4, , 0. Five are my own and 1 is my step daughter. The 3 boys are my husband's and mine together. We also have a cat named Shadow
http://allrecipes.com/Cook/18082262/

Known Alias(es)  Tanya Lynn Skelton
Tanya Lynn Zuvers
Tanya Lynn Derby
http://www.mipsor.state.mi.us/PSORSearchDetails.aspx?oid=10407971
 
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« Reply #18 on: November 28, 2010, 12:54:09 AM »

Here's a picture of John and Tanya Skelton from Morenci, Michigan - now I can't be sure it is the correct John and Tanya but since Morenci isn't that big - what are the chances there is another couple with the same name??

http://allrecipes.com/Cook/18082262/Photos.aspx



About this Cook
I am a 39 yr. old stay-at-home mother of 6: 3 girls; ages 18, 14, 12, and 3 boys; ages 4, , 0. Five are my own and 1 is my step daughter. The 3 boys are my husband's and mine together. We also have a cat named Shadow
http://allrecipes.com/Cook/18082262/

Known Alias(es)  Tanya Lynn Skelton
Tanya Lynn Zuvers
Tanya Lynn Derby
http://www.mipsor.state.mi.us/PSORSearchDetails.aspx?oid=10407971
 
something is way off here, a suicidal parent and a S.O. parent


Scary stuff. 

From the AllRecipies and I believe it is them:




From the Sex Offender Registry - same person:

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« Reply #19 on: November 28, 2010, 07:59:10 AM »

I read this story late last night.  I did not have time to research the players so thanks to all the monkeys that did that. As a Michigan resident with a history of being involved in the criminal and legal system, IMO this woman was charged with a much higher crime. The prosecutors here in Michigan seem to think that SO and the crimes are not that big of a deal. I know of SO with 8 to ten victims under the age of 15 that are either not prosecuted or plea out and only serve a sentence for one or two of the victims.

As a point of interest, Morenci is only about 40 miles from were Nevaeh was murdered at. WTH is going on down there?
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