Remains found in Montana do not belong to missing Skelton brothers

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - Michigan State Police confirm that a box of bones found in a shed in Missoula, Montana do not belong to the missing Skelton brothers.

The Missoula County Sheriff's Office says the University of North Texas Center for Human Identification used radiograph technology and dental record comparisons of three sets of facial bones fragments and teeth to exclude the remains of the Andrew, Alexander and Tanner Skelton.

The report from the University of North Texas is suggestive that the submitted bone samples from Montana are Historical and Archaeological in origin and therefore over 99 years old. The report suggests the bones had been buried for some time prior to being uncovered and exposed to the elements.

The report narrows the age windows for the three sets of human remains as follows: Individual 1, 2-5 years of age, Individual 2, 5-9 years of age, Individual 3, 6-8 years of age. The UNT report suggests that Individual 1 and possibly some of the loose teeth are of Asian
derived Amerindian ancestry.

Given the limited amount of bone specimens recovered and submitted to the lab, additional information confirming the sex, stature, or ancestry of the 3 remains is inconclusive.

The coroner’s office in conjunction with other investigative agencies has requested the remains to be turned over to the UNT Human Identification Evidence Control section for DNA testing in an effort to scientifically confirm the remains are not a match of any know missing juvenile.Unfortunately due to the large number of cases at UNT the DNA testing results are projected to be 6-8 months out

The missing Skelton brothers were 5, 7 and 9 when they were last seen at their father's Morenci home in 2010.