MISSOULA - The box of children's remains found in a shed in Missoula this September is gaining national interest in the case and may generate leads into who these children were and how they died.
Michigan authorities are now wondering if the bones belong to Andrew, Alexander and Tanner Skelton who vanished seven years ago.
The Michigan State Police's have confirmed that an investigator has reached out to the Missoula Police Department about a case involving three missing brothers from the small town of Morenci, Michigan.
The boy's, whose ages match the general ages of the skeletal remains found in Missoula, vanished in November 2010. Their father claims he gave his sons away to an Amish family but the children haven't been seen since.He's serving time in prison for kidnapping.
Missoula Police Department spokesman Sgt. Sergeant Travis Welsh says as the case gets more attention it's likely other law enforcement agencies with cold cases involving children will be contacting investigators here.
The bone fragments will undergo DNA testing at the Montana State Crime Lab in Missoula that could determine if the children were siblings, but the results could take some time. there is no confirmed link to the Michigan case at this time.
Sgt. Welsh says he's received calls from media outlets from across the country -- including from People magazine.
A cleaning crew working on a property in the 2100 block of South 12th Street West discovered a box with bones and rocks and turned it over to Missoula Police.
UM's Anthropology Department studied the remains and determined they were bones from children. The bones are not considered 'ancient' but instead, modern.
It's still unclear if the children died of natural causes a hundred years ago or are indeed the victim of a crime. Detectives have told us the shed where the bones were discovered was not a crime scene itself.
Authorities have told MTN News that the shed where the bones were discovered was not a crime scene.
Sgt. Welsh says there is a person of interest they'd like to talk to about the case, but emphasized that person is not being considered a suspect.