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Town refuses to give up hope on missing Skelton boys

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A town in Michigan is not giving up hope for three young boys who've been missing for seven years.

There are indications that the remains of Andrew, Alexander and Tanner Skelton may have been found in Montana. However, people in Morenci are hoping the boys are still alive.

"Hopefully it is not them, that they are still alive somewhere. That's what we've been hoping for and praying for all this time,” resident Jeff Moore said.

The small town refuses to give up hope.

The flyers of Andrew, Alexander and Tanner still hang in storefront windows seven long years later.

Their father, John Skelton said he turned the boys over to an underground group to protect them from their mother. He is in prison for kidnapping and has never said much more.

Did the so-called group somehow take the boys to Montana?

"My gut tells me it is a good possibility. But my heart tells me, I don't want it to be them just in hopes that they are still alive,” resident Jody Pummel said.

From the hardware store to the barber shop, across the street and every store in between, the people don't want the mystery to end in the worst possible way: evidence of three young boys who died out in Montana.

"I'm hoping it doesn't have anything to do with the missing boys. But then again, if it does we'll have some closure one way or the other,” resident Carl Murphy said.

Officials said it may take several weeks for DNA testing to determine if the remains found out in Montana are indeed Andrew, Alexander and Tanner, but people here are not giving up hope those three young boys are still alive.

The three brothers disappeared the day after thanksgiving in 2010, after spending time with their dad.

Andrew Skelton was nine years old at the time. Alexander was seven and Tanner was five.

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