John Skelton gets a lawyer; authorities are still hopeful Skelton will "share with us the location" of the boys
Credit: Lucas County Sheriff's Dept./AP

The father of three missing Michigan brothers was granted a court-appointed lawyer at his request and is now no longer speaking with police.

“We continue to be hopeful that he will share with us the location of [the boys] and we can move forward,” Morenci, Mich., Police Chief Larry Weeks said Thursday.

Authorities have been searching a section of Ohio for 9-year-old Andrew, 7-year-old Alexander and 5-year-old Tanner Skelton, who were reported missing Friday after their father John Skelton attempted suicide.

Skelton, 39, who is being held in Ohio on $3 million bond on parental kidnapping charges, had been providing some information to police, although it wasn’t clear how helpful he had been.

The case has devastated the close-knit town of Morenci, which canceled its Christmas Parade, says Mayor Keith Pennington. “We will not be satisfied until the boys are home,” he says.