Published: Dec 02, 2010 6:49 PM EST
Updated: Dec 02, 2010 3:53 PM EST

MORENCI, Mich. (AP) - Morenci Mayor Keith Pennington says his small southern Michigan town has been humbled by tragedy but won't be satisfied until three missing brothers are home.

Pennington says he is still hopeful the boys are alive even as police said Thursday they don't expect a positive outcome. It's been a week since 9-year-old Andrew, 7-year-old Alexander and 5-year-old Tanner Skelton were last seen.

Their father John Skelton is fighting extradition from Ohio to Michigan, where he faces three kidnapping charges.

Morenci Police Chief Larry Weeks says Skelton is asking for a lawyer and that authorities have had no contact with him during the past few days.

Searchers have been combing the countryside around Morenci and across the boundary in Ohio for six days.

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