August 31, 2006

Innocence lost ...


September 11, 2006 ~

The search for a missing Lake County toddler takes a strange and shocking twist. The boy's mother was found dead and detectives say she killed herself.
Leesburg Police say the body of 21-year-old Melinda Duckett was found Friday in her grandparents' home in The Villages in Lady Lake with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Investigators say Duckett did not leave a suicide note, or any indication of what happened to her son. Police wanted to emphasize that Trenton has not been found, but called this a "major development into the investigation of Trenton."
Her son, Trenton, disappeared from their home in Leesburg nearly two weeks ago.
The Leesburg Police Department says investigators are sifting through potential evidence collected from both Melinda Duckett's apartment and the house where she took her own life.
Joshua Duckett, Trenton Duckett's father said, "It's rough times and our main focus is still Trenton's out there, there's still no word and we still need the public's help and everything.
Joshua Duckett says the news hit him like a ton of bricks.
His estranged wife, Melinda found dead, apparently from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

**As of 6pm tonight, the authorities have started digging around a construction site where 2 cadaver dogs made a "hit".**

Amber Alert issued for missing 2-year-old Trenton Duckett in Florida.

A statewide Amber Alert has been issued for a missing two year old Leesburg child, Trenton Trenton Ducket.
The Boy was discovered missing from his bedroom at Windemere Apartments on Griffin Road on Sunday at about 9:00 pm.

Trenton is described as follows:

* Asian-Caucasian
* 2 1/2 to 3 feet tall
* weighing 30 to 40 pounds
* brown low-cut hair
* He was last seen wearing a blue-and-green striped shirt (or no shirt) with blue denim shorts and no shoes.

Authorities believe that Trenton Duckett is in danger. It is believed that Trenton was taken through his bedroom window.
Investigators said they’re very concerned, and the FBI has been called in to help search for the boy.
Detectives said they think Trenton was taken through his bedroom window. Investigators said they also found signs of forced entry into the apartment.

“When we were checking out the area, it was discovered that at least one entry point of the apartment has some signs of tampering. I can’t really go into too many details about that, but that did lead us to be extremely cautious regarding foul play or something of that nature in this case,” Leesburg Police Department Capt. Steve Rockefeller said.


Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or 88-FL-MISSING.

UPDATE I: (8/29/06) Police still hunt for missing boy

LEESBURG — Police were still searching late Monday for a 2-year-old boy reportedly abducted from his bedroom during the weekend.

The boy is the grandson of James Duckett, the former Mascotte police officer who is on death row for raping, strangling and drowning an 11-year-old girl, according to Jeanne Bragg, a longtime family friend. That crime occurred in 1987, and he was convicted in 1988. The Florida Supreme Court upheld the conviction in October.

Family members said the boy’s parents, Melinda and Joshua Duckett, both 21 years old, had been fighting for custody of the child. The couple filed for divorce in June and live in separate cities, according to court records.

Last month, Melinda Duckett requested a restraining order against her estranged husband.

In her petition for injunction, she said she received an e-mail from Joshua Duckett in July, threatening to hurt her and Trenton, court records said. Her petition stated “Joshua would hunt my son and I [Melinda] down and that he will bury my son with me.”

(Orlando Sentinel)

I pray that you, and every other missing child is safe and returned to your families ........


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