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Police: DNA comparison to missing brothers could take months

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Authorities say it could take months before DNA from the remains of three children found in Montana can be compared to DNA in the 2010 disappearance of three Michigan brothers.

The bones and teeth of three children were found in September in a shed in Missoula, Montana.

A search warrant obtained by MTN News shows police were called to the home on Sept. 27, located on the 2100 block of S. 12th Street West, for a report of the discovery of possible human remains.

The former tenant of the rental property had been evicted the previous week. A cleaning crew was contracted to clean up the items left behind by the evicted renter. That's when the cleaning crew found a box in a shed on the property that contained what was suspected human remains.

The Montana Crime Lab verified the remains were human. A University of Montana anthropology professor also determined they were "likely modern and not archaeological."

The professor estimated the children's ages to be 2-4 years old, 5-8 years old and 6-10 years old at the time of death.

Michigan state police Detective Lt. Jeremy Brewer says a backlog of cases is awaiting DNA testing. Brewer says once available, the results will be compared to DNA collected in the case of Andrew, Alexander and Tanner Skelton.

The boys were 9, 7 and 5 when they were last seen at their father's Michigan home in November 2010.

Brewer says there appears to be no connection between the Skelton case and Montana.

The boys' father has said he didn't harm his sons. He's in prison after pleading no contest to unlawful imprisonment for not returning them to their mother after Thanksgiving.

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