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Missoula human remains discovery stirs concern in Michigan town

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MISSOULA - The discovery of three sets of children's remains in a Missoula shed is continuing to draw national interest from law enforcement agencies.

Missoula Police tell MTN News they will be conducting interviews with people of interest in the next few days surrounding the case of bones found in a Missoula shed.

Missoula Police spokesman Sgt. Travis Welsh said on Friday morning that they are continuing to get inquiries from across the US inquiring about the bones.

The Montana State Crime Lab also told MTN News on Friday morning that the remains have been sent to the University of North Texas for DNA testing. 

The Michigan State Police confirmed earlier this week that investigators are working with the Missoula Police Department to determine if there is any connection to Andrew, Alexander and Tanner Skelton who were reported missing from Morenci in Lenawee County the day after Thanksgiving in 2010.

Michigan authorities add that there has been nothing previously reported to police linking the brothers to Montana, and it is not known at this time if the remains are from related siblings.

"Further forensic testing has been requested by police in Montana that may provide more answers. Until this testing is completed and additional investigation by law enforcement in Montana occurs, it cannot be determined if these remains belong to the missing Skelton brothers," a news release states.

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.

CBS Detroit reports that while the residents of the small town of Morenci are still hopeful the brothers will be found, not everyone is happy with the recent developments.

“It seems to me like they would have got a little further proof before they released this to the press,” resident Mark Jones told WWJ’s Charlie Langton. “I mean, let’s not get the family all tore up and the city tore up again. Let’s get a little more proof before we leak this to the press. I just can’t believe they released this quick.”

Kevin Arquette told CBS Detroit that he thinks police might be jumping the gun just a bit.

“I know the family, and it’s just sad that they bring this out without having the confirmation of a positive outcome of this,” he said. “Everybody is waiting for closure and it’s just amazing to hear how they brought this (information) out without a positive ID.”

Crystal Smith, who works at the Village Inn restaurant in town, said the news feels like re-opening old wounds.

“Everybody talks about them, everybody wants them back,” she said. “But everybody now wants to know if that’s them or not.”

The boys, 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.

A cleaning crew working on a property in the 2100  block of  South 12th Street West discovered a box with bones and rocks in September and turned it over to the Missoula Police Department.

Members of the University of Montana 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.

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.

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