Filming underway for TV report on Skeltons 2012.12.19

Written by David Green.

Initial filming got underway Monday in Morenci for a segment of a new television series called “John Walsh Investigates.”

The series is currently in the development stage and will feature several criminal cases, both solved and unsolved. One segment will profile the case of Morenci three missing boys, Andrew, Alexander and Tanner Skelton.

Morenci Chief of Police Larry Weeks explained that Walsh is the father of a child who went missing in the 1980s while in a Sears department store in Florida.

“The case was poorly handled by law enforcement at the time,” Weeks said. “Mr. Walsh became a strong advocate for a change in the system and many good things have come out of it since that time to improve the investigation and reporting of missing children.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children was created from Walsh’s efforts and he started the television series “America's Most Wanted.”

The show was broadcast on the Fox network for many years and later moved to the Lifetime Network.

Weeks said that Walsh’s new program is expected to go into much greater detail with unsolved cases. At this time no schedule has been announced for the series that will show on the Lifetime Network. 

Filming on Monday involved what’s known as “b roll” footage—filler to be used during parts of the program, such as Chief Weeks walking downtown and getting into his police car. Additional filming was done with Tanya Zuvers, the mother of the three missing boys.

The film crew also traveled to the Holiday City, Ohio, area where the boys father, John Skelton, allegedly drove on the night the boys went missing in November 2010.

The crew was expected to film in Adrian on Tuesday at the courthouse.

Chief Weeks and Zuvers met with Walsh at a location outside the city for formal interviews.

Zuvers wrote to Walsh in an attempt to gain his interest in the unresolved case.

Weeks described his part in the filming episode as uncomfortable, but he will gladly put up with the film crew’s requests in order to further the investigation. He’s pleased that Walsh is taking an interest in the case in hopes of collecting new leads.

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