Michigan State Police are investigating whether remains of three children found in September in Montana could be linked to the Skelton brothers, a trio of boys who disappeared in 2010.
Michigan State Police Detective Lt. Jeremy Brewer told WTVG the agency had requested more information from Montana police, however, the only current connection between the cases is the victims' approximate ages.
Tanner, Alexander and Andrew Skelton were 5, 7 and 9 when they were last seen at their father's Morenci, Mich., home on Thanksgiving in 2010.
Investigators have been mystified as to what happened to them.
But recently, the bones and teeth of three children were discovered behind a home in a shed in Missoula, Mont., and an anthropologist estimated the children to be in the same age range as each of the Skelton brothers.
Police confirmed the remains were undergoing DNA testing in Texas to determine who the skeletons belonged to.
Missoula police started to investigate the remains after a cleaning crew found them when the property owner was evicted, the Missoulian reported.
A search warrant was obtained by police in November but no other evidence was found in the home.
The boys’ father, John Skelton, was sentenced in 2011 to 10 to 15 years in prison for unlawful imprisonment. The boys’ mother, Tanya Zuvers, had exclusive custody of the children, but she allowed them to visit their father for the holiday. He was supposed to return them to her the next day, but he told investigators that he instead gave them to an organization he's refused to identify.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.