On Thursday, testing revealed that the body parts belong to children as follows: one child between the ages of 2 and 4, another between 5 and 8 and the oldest has been estimated to be between 6 and 10.
Michigan State Police are investigating whether the remains of three children found in Montana could be linked to the 2010 disappearance of three Michigan brothers. Significant assistance has also been provided by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. They were 9, 7, and 5 at the time. The previous tenants of the home were evicted, according to Fox2 Detroit, and workers were emptying the shed when they found the box.
Loose teeth, bone from a lower jaw, as well as rocks were found in the box, Missoula City Police information officer Travis Welsh said. 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.
According to investigators, the ages match those of the Skelton brothers - Alexander, Andrew and Tanner - who went missing from their small MI town of Morenci.
Police said the Montana State Crime Lab verified the remains as human. Until this testing is completed and additional investigation by law enforcement in Montana occurs, it can not be determined if these remains belong to the missing Skelton brothers. The boys' mother, Tanya Zuvers, had exclusive custody of the children, but she allowed them to visit their father for the holiday.
The Montana case has similarities to three boys missing in MI since 2010.
Police say nothing has been previously reported that would link the brothers to Montana. Police believe he killed them.
Now police are piecing together the identity of the boys and where they may have come from.
Andrew, Alexander and Tanner vanished from their Morenci, Michigan home seven years ago, the day after Thanksgiving.
"Answers. We've been praying for answers", she said.
In 2011, Skelton was sentenced to 10-15 years behind bars for unlawful imprisonment, but he's never been charged with the murder of the boys.
Back in Montana, police this week have repeatedly searched the property where the bones were discovered, with the assistance of an anthropology professor and graduate students from the University of Montana, according to court filings.