Event to mark Skelton's absence 2012.11.14

Written by David Green.

Three events are planned Nov. 25 in Morenci marking the two-year anniversary of the disappearance of the three Skelton boys.

Unveiling a plaque and releasing lanterns are among the events scheduled at Wakefield Park, with other activities planned at the fire hall.

Andrew, Alexander and Tanner Skelton disappeared from their home Nov. 26, 2010, and have remained missing ever since. Their father, John, is in prison serving a sentence for the unlawful imprisonment of his sons and police consider the case a murder investigation.

“AAT Awareness Event” will begin at 3 p.m. in the park with the unveiling of a plaque that will be placed on a memorial rock. The rock and three trees were placed in the park a year ago.

Age-progressed photographs of the three boys will be shown if the work is completed on time by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. When the boys disappeared, Andrew was nine years old. His brother Alexander was seven and Tanner was five.

At the fire station, commemorative holiday ornaments will be decorated and refreshments will be served. A bake sale and other fund-raising activities will take in donations for AAT Awareness.

Following those events, Chinese lanterns will be released at Wakefield Park. The lanterns will be available for purchase for anyone who wants to participate.

To obtain more information about the Skelton case, visit the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/missingskeltonbrothers.

Morenci Chief of Police Larry Weeks told city council members Monday the Skelton case remains active and barely a day goes by without some activity related to the case.

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