Program to observe one-year anniversary of Skelton boys disappearance 2011.11.16

Written by David Green.

A year will have soon passed since three Morenci boys—Andrew, Alexander and Tanner Skelton—vanished without a trace, with their father, John, claiming that he gave them away to an organization.

Skelton is now in prison for the unlawful imprisonment of his children while law enforcement agencies continue seeking clues about the boys’ whereabouts.

The boys’ mother, Tanya Zuvers, has planned a one-year service at 2 p.m. Nov. 27 in the Morenci Area High School gymnasium. As family friend Kathye Herrera described the event, the goal is to “thank people and to remind them that we still need to bring the boys home.”

Herrera said the Zuvers family intends to make the event different than a prayer vigil and to offer a program.

Morenci mayor Keith Pennington will discuss the reward fund and Morenci police chief Larry Weeks will present the time-line of events from evidence collected after the boys disappeared.

Music will be provided and tribute will be given by the Skelton boys’ cousin, Ashlyn Timberman.

Information will be given about a video that Tanya Zuvers is creating about her sons and also about a website related to the incident.

Guests are asked to bring flashlights instead of candles.

FLYERS—Morenci police will take part in the distribution of flyers from 4 to 7 a.m. Nov. 25 at the intersection of Morenci Road and U.S. 127.

Phone records indicate that John Skelton may have driven through that area early in the morning a year earlier. Vehicles will be stopped at the intersection to receive an informational flyer, Chief Weeks said.

He’s hoping that someone who regularly drives through the area at that time of day might recall seeing a vehicle off to the side of the road, for example.

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