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    MI - Tanner Lucas,Alexander William,& Andrew Ryan Skelton, missing! Media & Maps



    Tanner Lucas,Alexander William,& Andrew Ryan Skelton, missing!

    Anyone with information about the whereabouts of the three missing boys, or information leading to the location of Joann Taylor or is asked to contact the Morenci Police Department at 517-458-7104 or the Lenawee County Central Dispatch at 517-263-0524.
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    3 Michigan boys missing
    Law Enforcement officers in Michigan are looking for three boys reported missing Friday. Five-year-old Tanner Lucas Skelton, seven-year-old Alexander William Skelton, and nine-year-old Andrew Ryan Skelton have been missing since late Thursday night or early Friday morning from 112 East Congress Street in Morenci, Michigan. The boys' father says he turned the children over to a woman named Joann Taylor who may be driving a white or silver minivan. After turning the children over to this woman, the father tried to take his own life. He is now in the hospital under observation.
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    Amber Alert: 3 boys missing
    The Morenci Police Department is investigating the possible abduction of three young brothers from Morenci. The boys ages 5,7 and 9, were last seen on Friday around 2:30 p.m.
    All of the children are believed to be in danger.
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    Amber Alert issued for 3 boys missing

    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.
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    Morenci police searching for missing boys
    Police in Morenci, Mich., are asking for help in locating three missing children. Investigators are looking for 5-year-old Tanner Skelton, 7-year-old Alexander Skelton, and 9-year-old Andre Skelton.
    Police believe the boys are in extreme danger.
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    Police fear 3 Lenawee County children abducted in extreme danger

    Three boys from Morenci, who are believed to have been abducted and in "extreme danger," are being "fervently" sought, the city's police department said.
    The boys' father, John Skelton, left the children Friday in the care of a woman he met several years ago with her husband when their vehicle broke down on the side of a road with the intent that she would return them to their mother, who has full custody.
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    11/28/2010

    Police chief: We are not leaving any stones unturned

    Teams are regrouping for another wave of searching in Lenawee County near the Ohio border for three young boys they fear are in "extreme danger," left by their father with a stranger just before he attempted suicide.
    A task force of law enforcement agencies, that include the Morenci police, FBI, the Lenawee and Fulton County, Ohio sheriff's departments and the Michigan State Police, are looking for Andrew, Alexander and Tanner Skelton, ages 9, 7, and 5, who were reported missing on Friday.
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    Search continues for 3 missing brothers

    Law enforcement officials and community members are still searching today for three young brothers, the oldest two last seen Thursday in their father’s backyard at home in Morenci.
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    Morenci police searching for missing boys
    Police in Morenci, Mich., are asking for help in locating three missing children. Investigators are looking for 5-year-old Tanner Skelton, 7-year-old Alexander Skelton, and 9-year-old Andrew Skelton.
    Investigators believe the boys are in extreme danger. If you see them, call 9-1-1.
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    Investigators issue a plea for information about missing boys
    Law enforcement officials on Sunday issued a plea and set up a hotline seeking information about three Morenci boys who've been missing for three days
    "We need calls. We need tips," Andy Arena, a special agent with the FBI, said at a morning news conference. "Anything that's out there — no matter how incredible you think it is — call."
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    11/29/2010

    Search for missing brothers shift to Ohio area
    A group of firefighters arrived at a meeting center in Pioneer late Monday morning as the search for three missing brothers shifted from the Morenci area into Ohio.
    Earlier in the morning, an announcement of a new search — with a smaller group of firefighters — was made to a packed room at the Morenci Bible Fellowship Church, where volunteers had gathered at 8 a.m. to start another day of searching.
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    Searchers headed to Ohio for missing boys
    More than a hundred volunteer searchers are being sent southwest to Pioneer, Ohio, to look for three missing Lenawee County boys.
    Dozens of volunteers had gathered at Morenci's fire hall this morning, where they waited for orders, which came late this morning. Searchers were supposed to begin looking for the children at 8 a.m. Authorities were conducting there own searches this morning.
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    Chief: Father lied about relationship with woman
    Morenci Police Chief Larry Weeks acknowledged today that the father of three missing boys lied about a relationship with a Jackson woman whom he told authorities he turned his boys over to so they wouldn’t commit suicide.
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    Three boys still missing and believed to be in 'extreme danger'
    Morenci Police held a live news conference Monday morning to update the investigation into the disappearance of three young boys who are believed to be in 'extreme danger.'
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    Police dismiss claims dad gave kids to friend
    Police in Michigan said Monday they were questioning the validity of a father's account of what happened to his three young sons.
    Police in Morenci, about 75 miles southwest of Detroit, are looking for 5-year-old Tanner, 7-year-old Alexander and 9-year-old Andrew Skelton. The boys were last seen the day before their father, John Skelton, tried to commit suicide.
    During a press conference, Police Chief Larry Weeks said John Skelton had told them he had given the boys to a woman he had met online and had been having an online relationship with. Skelton told police he asked the woman, Joann Taylor, to take the boys to their mother.
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    11/29/2010 update...

    Cold weather hampers search for missing boys
    The search for three young brothers from Morenci moved from Michigan into Ohio on Monday.
    The cold weather made it difficult for volunteers and searchers who scoured several square miles along the boarder.
    WATCH VIDEO: Cold Weather Hampers Search For Missing Boys
    Investigators said they are hoping cell phone records may help lead to the whereabouts of 5-year-old Tanner, 7-year-old Alexander and 9-year-old Andrew Skelton. The boys were last seen the day after Thanksgiving when their father John Skelton, tried to commit suicide.
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    Still hopefull in search for missing boys
    A news conference was held this morning at the Morenci, MI, fire department.
    Larry Weeks, Morenci police chief, says that they are now searching for tips regarding sightings of a 2000 blue Dodge Caravan that was missing from the boys' home sometime during 2:30 p.m. Thursday to 1:30 p.m. Friday. They have the van in their possession, but are SEEKING HELP from anyone who may have seen the vehicle in WILLIAMS COUNTY, specifically West Unity, Kunkle, Pioneer or Holiday City Ohio. Authorities are following all leads.
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    Volunteers search new NW Ohio areas for missing boys
    Three bus loads of volunteers and firefighters will be dropped Monday afternoon at various points in Ohio to start a walking search for three brothers missing from Morenci, Mich.
    The school buses — each with 50 civilians and 20 firefighters — were being loaded at a community center in Pioneer about 2 p.m. Monday, said Cpl. Jeff Paterson, an officer with the Lenawee County Sheriff’s Office.
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    Search for missing boys on hold until morning

    With nightfall, police have discontinued the two-state search for three missing brothers, saying it would resume in the morning.
    Morenci Police Chief Larry Weeks said the search would continue until authorities can find the Skelton boys, ages 9, 7 and 5.
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    Father lied about friend picking up boys; their whereabouts still unknown
    The case of the missing little boys from Morenci took another disturbing turn Monday morning when police confirmed the father of the boys lied to investigators.
    Morenci Police Chief Larry Weeks said John Skelton, the boys' father, was not truthful when he said he handed the brothers off to a friend on Friday.
    "We can confirm that there’s no established relationship between he and the person he described as Joann Taylor,” Weeks said.
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    Parents of three missing boys in custody fight
    We are learning more about the Skelton family.
    The mother of the three boys recently filed for divorce from John Skelton and was fighting for permanent custody.
    John Skelton said the mother of the children was an unfit parent. He cited the fact Tanya Skelton is a registered sex offender and is repeatedly in violation of sex offender laws as reasons why she shouldn't have custody of the three boys.
    On September 13 of this year, Tanya Skelton filed for divorce, according to court documents.
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    11/30/2010

    Father took boys away previously
    Court records detail the fierce battle waged for months over custody of three now missing boys and showed this wasn't the first time their father had taken them away.
    John R. Skelton, 39, took his sons and announced his intention to move to Jacksonville, Fla., on Sept. 13 — the day his wife filed for divorce, according to documents in Lenawee County Circuit Court.
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    Father of three missing boys out of work, lost custody
    The father of three missing Michigan boys was out of work, his marriage had fallen apart and he'd lost custody of his children in the months before he told police that he gave the boys to an acquaintance and tried to kill himself.
    Police said Monday that they don't believe John Skelton's claim that he handed his children over to a woman he met online, and had crews searching areas in Michigan and along an Ohio highway where the FBI said Skelton's blue minivan had been seen Thursday or Friday. Morenci Police Chief Larry Weeks said police spent several days searching extensively in records and by other means for the woman and couldn't find any evidence she existed.
    Skelton's sons -- Tanner, 5, Alexander, 7, and Andrew, 9 -- were last seen Thursday in the backyard of their father's southern Michigan home, and authorities said they believe they are in danger. Weeks did not name Skelton as a suspect in the boys' disappearance, but he said investigators haven't ruled him out. Skelton, 39, has been in an Ohio hospital since Friday, receiving treatment for "mental health issues" after telling police he tried to hang himself, Weeks said.
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    Missing boys often visited Jax
    As police, neighbors and other volunteers resumed searching Monday for three brothers last seen the day before their father tried to commit suicide, the boys' grandmother in Jacksonville is holding onto hope even as investigators believe the children are in "extreme danger."
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    Jax Beach Grandma believes missing grandsons still alive
    Roxann Skelton's "grandma's heart" is telling her that her three grandsons missing in Michigan are indeed still alive, scared and wondering what's happening.
    Despite comments from Michigan police that Skelton's son, a Fletcher High graduate, is lying about the case, his mother said a woman very well might have the boys.
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    Search targeting new areas in case of missing boys
    On the same day that investigators expanded a search into a second state in hopes of finding three missing Morenci brothers, they discounted the story their father provided about the disappearance.
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    Police discount dad's account of mystery woman
    There never was a Joann Taylor.
    At least not one watching over three missing brothers as their father, John Skelton, told law enforcement officials investigating their disappearance, Morenci Police Chief Larry Weeks said Monday. Authorities say Skelton told them he gave his children to Taylor, an acquaintance he met some years ago, so they wouldn't be there when he attempted to commit suicide.
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    Video of how Amber Alert works
    Friday night's announcement that three little boys were missing reminded us all of the Amber Alert program.
    Wood County Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn explains how the system works to recover kids in this edition of FOX Toledo Talk Back.


    We do not anticipate a positive outcome
    Investigators involved in the case of three young brothers who are missing said Tuesday they are "not hopeful" the outcome of the case will have a positive ending.
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    11/30/2010 update...

    Missing boys father charged with kidnapping
    Police say the father of three missing Michigan boys has been charged with parental kidnapping.
    Morenci Police Chief Larry Weeks says John Skelton was arrested by FBI agents after he was released Tuesday from a medical facility in Lucas County, Ohio.
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    Father of missing brothers arrested, charged with kidnapping
    John Skelton, the father of three missing brothers, was released from a Toledo hospital Tuesday afternoon and immediately arrested and charged with kidnapping in the boys' disappearance.
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    Father of missing boys faces kidnapping charges
    The father of three missing boys will be charged with three counts of parental kidnapping, authorities said today.
    John Skelton has been released from the mental health facility where he has spent the last few days and is now in custody at the Lucas County Corrections Center in Toledo.
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    Father of missing boys arrested faces charges of parental kidnapping
    In a sudden afternoon news conference, Morenci Police announced that the father of three missing boys will be charged with three counts of parental kidnapping.
    The police did not release any other details on the search for the young missing brothers, Andrew, Alexander amd Tanner. Morenci Police Chief Larry Weeks did say that the boys' father, John Skelton, was released from a mental health facility and was immediately taken into custody by agents from the Toledo office of the FBI.
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    Police say father admitted to killing sons
    As authorities and volunteers continue to search for three missing brothers from Morenci, Michigan, investigators say they have low expectations.
    The search is on for any sign of 5-year-old Tanner, 7-year-old Alexander, and 9-year-old Andrew Skelton; however, during a morning press conference on Tuesday, authorities said they do not "anticipate a positive outcome" in the case after days of searching and based on information from the boys' father.
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    12/01/2010

    Crews move into recovery mode in search for young brothers
    The search for three missing brothers continues Wednesday, while authorities continue to question the boys' jailed father.
    John Skelton, 39, is being held in the Lucas County Jail after being charged in the case which has gripped communities across northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. He was arrested on Tuesday, on three counts of parental kidnapping, immediately following his release from an area hospital.
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    Sister: Dad of missing boys not getting fair shake
    The sister of a 39-year-old Lenawee County man facing parental kidnapping charges in connection with an ongoing search for his three missing sons says she doesn't think authorities are giving her brother a fair shake.
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    Skelton boys father's postings on Facebook tell of love for his family
    Weeks before John Skelton attempted suicide and his three young sons went missing, the father from Morenci posted an emotional letter to his ex-wife online in which he indicated he loved her and their children and wanted the family to be together again.
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    Father of missing boys appears in Toledo courtroom
    As investigators today headed into a fifth day of searching for three missing boys from Morenci, their father — accused of their kidnappings — was expected in an Ohio courtroom.
    John Skelton, 39, of Morenci, who is being held under suicide watch at the Lucas County Jail in Ohio, has had his case today assigned to Judge Gary G. Cook of the Lucas County Common Pleas Court. It's expected Skelton will be extradited back to Lenawee County so he can face the three counts of parental kidnapping.
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    Dad charged as hope fades for missing brothers
    A hopeful search for three young brothers from Morenci has turned ominous.
    Morenci Police Chief Larry Weeks said Tuesday morning that, based on information provided by their father, police "do not anticipate a positive outcome" in the search that has been under way since Friday.
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    Father of missing boys arrested, facing charges of parental kidnapping
    As volunteer crews prepare to resume their search for three missing Morenci boys at 10:00 a.m Wednesday, new details are emerging in the case.
    Action News has learned that police are now doubting that John Skelton attempted to commit suicide. Sources say this is because there were no rope burn marks around his neck. However, those sources are also saying that nooses and straps were found inside Skelton's home. Authorities will no officially confirm this information.
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    Father to face charges while search for his sons continue
    The father of three young boys who have not been seen since Thanksgiving has been charged with parental kidnapping in connection with their disappearance.
    For the fifth day in a row, an army of volunteers are expected to trudge across harvested fields, woodlands and dirt back roads in search of 9-year-old Andrew, 7-year-old Alexander and 5-year-old Tanner Skelton.
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    12/01/2010 updates...

    Search effort is to bring those boys home
    Authorities in Michigan said Wednesday they would leave no stone unturned in the search for three missing brothers.
    “We continue to get leads and information in from the public. We will follow up each and every one of those. We will be diligent in continuing the searches in an effort to bring those boys home,” said Morenci Police Chief Larry Weeks.
    More... Slideshow of John Skelton in Toledo courtroom...

    Skelton fighting extradition for kidnapping charges of MI boys
    John Skelton will fight extradition to Michigan for parental kidnapping charges of his three sons, who remain missing.
    Skelton was charged while in a Lucas County hospital, which means he has to be extradited back to Michigan.
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    3 missing boys' dad held on 3M bond in kidnap
    An Ohio judge has ordered John Skelton held on $3-million bond pending a formal extradition hearing set for Dec. 14 on parental kidnapping charges in connection with the disappearance of his three sons from Morenci in southern Michigan.
    Lucas County Common Pleas Court Judge Gary Cook set the bond at $1 million on each of the three charges after court appointed lawyer Merle Dech Jr. declined to waive his client’s rights.
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    Skelton's bond set at 3M
    The father of the missing Morenci, Michigan brothers appeared in a Lucas County Common Pleas court Wednesday morning.
    John Skelton is charged with three counts of parental kidnapping. Judge Gary Cook set Skelton's bond at $3 million.
    During the hearing Skelton chose to fight efforts to send him back to Michigan to face the criminal charges.
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    Police scaling back search for missing boys
    The father of three missing Michigan brothers appeared in court Wednesday as police announced that general volunteer searches will end by the weekend.
    Morenci, Mich., Police Chief Larry Weeks, says that no bodies have been found but that their father John Skelton has provided information to investigators.
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    $10,000 reward set in case of missing Morenci boys
    Five days after the disappearance of three young brothers from Morenci, a reward has been offered for the children's return or recovery.
    Larry Weeks, Morenci's police chief, announced today that an anonymous donor has put up $10,000 to help bring the mystery of the boys' disappearance to a close. Weeks specified that the reward will not be paid if the person claiming it has been involved in the disappearance in any manner.
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    Volunteers continue desperate search for missing brothers
    Morenci police say they expect the search for the three missing brothers to continue into next week.
    Chief Larry Weeks asked that volunteers who have been searching for the boys to take a break starting Friday night.
    More...Video included...
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    12/02/2010

    Morenci police chief wants searches of private property for missing boys
    Morenci, Michigan Police Chief Larry Weeks wants to shift the focus of the search for the three missing Skelton boys to private property.
    "We've been out there looking around and just hoping against hope that we would find something positive," Larry Spradlin said.
    Spradlin lives on 26 acres of land in Seneca Township just north of Morenci. He knows that any of these private rural lots may hold clues to where the boys are.
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    Morenci keeps hoping that young brothers will be found alive
    Volunteers are not giving up hope as the search for three missing Morenci brothers enters its sixth day Thursday.
    9-year-old Andrew, 7-year-old Alexander and 5-year-old Tanner have been missing since Thanksgiving Day when they were last seen playing in the backyard of their father's Morenci home. Their father, John Skelton, is being held in the Lucas County Jail on $3 million bond, charged with three counts of parental kidnapping.
    A $10,000 reward has been offered by an anonymous donor to anyone who can return the three missing boys to their mother.
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    Toledo dive and rescue team searching Williams Co. for missing boys
    The Toledo Fire Department dive and rescue team began searching one or more locations in Williams County for the three missing Morenci, Mich. boys.
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    Tears and fears grip missing brothers' school
    In Janet Rollins' classroom at the close-knit Morenci Elementary School, the absence of Tanner Skelton, 5, weighs on the hearts and curiosity of his fellow developmental kindergartners — constantly. His 14 classmates have filled a bulletin board with pictures for Tanner, who has been missing since Thanksgiving along with his older brothers, prompting a two-state search effort and kidnapping charges against their father, John Skelton. One student drew a picture of a sad face.
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    Morenci left praying for missing boys
    Andrew Skelton always was a "Star Wars" fan. Middle brother Alexander Skelton always walked little brother Tanner Skelton to class at Morenci Elementary each school day.
    Once there, Alexander helped Tanner get his coat and backpack off and gave him a hug before he went to his own class.
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    Police update investigation, search continues for missing boys
    During a Thursday morning news conference, Morenci Police updated the investigation into the disappearance of the three missing Morenci boys.
    It began with a representative reading an emotional statement from the family of the children. Police Chief Larry Weeks thanked volunteers for their efforts in the search for the three boys. The Mayor of Morenci, Keith Pennington, also expressesed his gratitude to the community for pulling together during this tragic time.
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    12/02/2010 update...

    Divers search Williams Co. waters for missing boys
    A dive team from the Toledo Fire Department has joined the search efforts in Williams County for three missing Morenci boys.
    Morenci Police Chief Larry Weeks says the Toledo dive team is working in areas of the northwest Ohio county Thursday as crews and volunteers continue to search any and all areas authorities believe the boys may have visited with their father.
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    Four dive teams search for boys in Williams Co., hudreds of volunteers head out on foot
    Divers were using sonar equipment Thursday afternoon at multiple bodies of water across Williams County to search for three missing brothers.
    Scuba teams from Toledo, Angola, Ind., as well as from Lenawee and Williams counties, hoped to search in at least seven major bodies of water throughout the day, including possible searches at Nettle Lake and Mud Lake in the northwestern corner of the county.
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    3 missing boys family ok with suspending search

    A spokeswoman for the family of three missing Morenci brothers said, in a prepared statement, that they are thankful for the work of law enforcement and volunteer searchers.
    “Those men and women that have actually done the searching have been tireless,” said Kathye Herrera, a friend of the family.
    Police have asked the volunteers suspend their searches after tomorrow, giving officials time to regroup – a decision Herrera said the family supports. Morenci Police Chief Larry Weeks said law enforcement officials will continue following up on tips.
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    Divers, volunteers search for any sign of missing boys
    Rescue divers and hundreds of volunteers searched Thursday for three brothers from Morenci that have been missing for a week.
    Teams of rescue divers from three states searched the St. Joseph River which runs along U.S. 20, just west of state route 15 near Pioneer.
    The Toledo Fire Department's rescue divers, along with teams from Michigan and Indiana, also searched another nearby river, a gravel pit and other sites but did not find any sign of the boys.
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