John Skelton

There will be no parole for John Skelton, not yet anyway.

Skelton, 48, of Morenci, Michigan, was convicted on three counts of unlawful imprisonment in connection with the November 2010 disappearance of his sons, Andrew, Alexander and Tanner. He was sentenced to a maximum 15 years imprisonment at the Bellamy Creek Correctional Facility in Michigan and his first parole hearing was in July.

His ex-wife and mother of the boys, Tanya Zuvers, broke the news Tuesday evening on Facebook.

“Today, our family received a letter from the Michigan Department of Corrections, Parole Board Chairperson, that John Skelton was DENIED parole,” she wrote. “We are very thankful that our prayers were answered and that the Parole Board came to the correct decision. We ask that all who read this continue to pray for a resolution to our nightmare, that Andrew, Alexander, & Tanner be found and brought home.”

Michigan Department of Corrections spokesperson Holly Kramer confirmed the parole denial in a phone interview Wednesday morning. “Ultimately, the parole board was not confident that he would not continue to present a risk to the community,” she said.

Skelton’s cell phone was traced to Holiday City on the morning of the disappearance and police consider the case a homicide investigation though no remains have been found.

Throughout his incarceration, Skelton has implicated several others in the boys’ disappearance — including a minister’s wife named Joanne Taylor; one man named Elijah and another unnamed “man in a van,” as well as an Indiana Amish family and a secret, underground organization he called United Foster Outreach. To date, police have found no evidence that any of them ever existed.

The kids were last seen at 2:30 p.m. Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 25, 2010, playing outside Skelton’s residence at 100 E. Congress St., Morenci. Tanner was 5 years old and he wore camouflage pajama pants with a Scooby Doo T-shirt. Alexander, 7, wore a gray T-shirt and black pajama pants. Andrew, 9, wore brown pajamas with orange trim.

Skelton will remain in custody at the Bellamy Creek Correctional Facility in Ionia, Michigan. He will be eligible for parole again in 2022. Without parole, his latest release date will be Nov. 29, 2025.

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