MORENCI -- Morenci Police Chief Larry Weeks acknowledged today that the father of three missing boys lied about a relationship with a Jackson woman whom he told authorities he turned his boys over to so they wouldn’t see him commit suicide.
Weeks said at a news conference police found no established relationship between the father and the woman he described as Joann Taylor.
“We can confirm that there’s no established relationship between he and the person he described as Joann Taylor,” Weeks said.
The chief today asked the public’s help to see if any of them saw Weeks’ car from 2:30 p.m. Thursday to 1:30 p.m. Friday, but specifically from 4 a.m. to 7 am. Friday. He said authorities have information that the vehicle was not at home during some of that time and believe the boys were in the car that morning or the evening before.
The blue 2000 Dodge Caravan was towed from Skelton’s home and has a license place of 9JQ H93.
Weeks said authorities continue to have conversations with John Skelton about his missing children and have executed searches at the home and collected “things from the home to assist us with the investigation.”
In response to a question, he would not specifically confirm whether Skelton’s computer had been confiscated. Skelton told police he had stayed in touch with a Joann Taylor from the Jackson area who he met several years ago during a vehicle breakdown with her husband, and that’s who he turned his missing children over to.
Weeks said officials are searching in Ohio in the areas of Kunkle, Unity, West Unity and Holiday City.
He would not answer a question as to whether either side of the family has a connection to that area. Neither would Kathye Herrera, a spokeswoman for the family.
Asked whether authorities are optimistic the children will be found safe, Weeks said:
“We remain hopeful ... that we are going to find them and bring them home.”