It could have been attributed to the way the show was edited but her responses were in contrast to her husband. She was asked if she had been offered a polygraph, her whereabouts the Saturday before and what she specifically had done to aid in search efforts.
She said she was working with the FBI, not local authorities, distrusted the media and couldn’t say which stores she visited on Saturday, August 26th, the day before his disappearance even though she admitted to going shopping that day.
The guests on the show drew parallels to several previous missing children Elizabeth Smart, Polly Klaas, Jessica Lunsford and ironically Susan Smith’s drowning of her child.
The case took an even stranger twist yesterday when her body was found, her death an apparent suicide.
Update: New witness comes forward.
Update: Melinda Duckett family files lawsuit
Update: Person of interest interviewed
There is little new information in Trenton’s disappearance as the middle of January 2007 approaches. The recovery of Shawn Hornbeck and Ben Ownby should offer the Duckett family some hope.
Should you have an interest in Melinda’s suicide you may want to read this article which contains a description of the scene and her autopsy report.
“…The revelation that two shots were fired on the day Melinda Duckett died has been confirmed. Although Bill had to repair the roof eave due to gunshot damage, it was not until he received a copy of the search warrant itemizing confiscated items that he learned two shots had been fired…”
Update 02-22-07: WESH 2 News is reporting Leesburg Police have made little progress in the search for Trenton.
Marion County is also involved with the case. The sheriff’s office said its investigators are talking very little, if at all, with Leesburg police, making their case more difficult.
They said the possible Korea connection is going nowhere, but they are looking at other theories, such as the idea that perhaps this was a stranger abduction.
Update 03-22-07: After starting a website to help find Trenton, a blog and his own Command center, Joshua Duckett and his mother are blaming the Marion County Sheriff’s of leaking information.
Joshua Duckett said the Marion County Sheriff’s Office is bungling the search for his son, Trenton, WESH 2 News reported.A sheriff’s office official said a person of interest they’ve been questioning in Marion County failed a lie-detector test. While that does not make him a suspect, investigators said it’s proof nothing has been bungled.
OCALA, Fla. — Authorities searching for Trenton Duckett said Wednesday that they are now looking for a couple who a witness said met with the boy’s mother at a construction site south of Leesburg about a week before he disappeared. A witness told investigators that Melinda Duckett met a couple at a construction site on U.S. Highway 27, south of Leesburg, in August.The couple is described as an Asian or Hispanic man and woman in their late 50s to early 60s, driving a light silver or light gold SUV with a possible New York license tag. The Escalade SUV may have been a model built from 2002 through 2006. Correction: Police are now searching for a Cadillac EXT
OCALA – A federal judge ruled Monday that the civil lawsuit between Melinda Duckett’s family and the Nancy Grace camp will be tried in federal court.In an order, U.S. Magistrate Judge Gary R. Jones ruled that, because the parties involved reside in different jurisdictions, federal court would be the appropriate venue to handle the trial. Jones also dismissed Melinda’s ex-husband, Joshua Duckett, from the lawsuit, stating that her estate fraudulently put him on the lawsuit in hopes of arguing that more than one party lived in Lake County, where the case was originally filed.
Note: PDF files of the original transcript and the motion to dismiss can be found at Ocala.com in this article “Talk-show host or journalist?”
Update 08-10-07 Today is Trenton’s 3rd birthday. Do a Google news search on his name and you will see at least 166 articles about the trial of Nancy Grace. You will at this time find one lone Local 6 News article on Trenton. The helpfindtrenton websites doesn’t mark the occassion either.
While the case of Missing Madeleine McCann reaches day 100 tomorrow, please remember Trenton and other missing children today.
Update 08-21-07 The Ocala Star-Banner Evidence photos to be released in Trenton Duckett disappearance. There was no breaking news for the press conference on any of the cable news channels or regional Florida coverage.
“The press conference is not until 2 p.m., at the Leesburg Police Department, but a press release by Maj. Steve Rockefeller addresses some of the controversy, including a statement that says: “The evidence collected in this investigation does not support the theory of abduction, in any form.”
Update 08-23-07: In an update from the Ocala Star-Banner one of the other agencies investigating his disappearance disagree.
Maj. Chris Blair, head of Marion County Sheriff’s Office major crimes bureau, said his agency believes in the handoff theory for several reasons.
Update 08-27-07 On the anniversary date of Trenton’s disappearance, Dr. Karen Gold shares her thoughts in this article, from the Ocala Star-Banner.
Update 08-29-07 A Trenton Duckett video was added at the Dont You Forget About Me YouTube site.
Update 10-01-07 Authorities are attempting to identify them,
WFTV9 Human Remains Found Inside Bag Along Lake County Road
Update 08-02-08 Judge Refuses to Dismiss Lawsuit Against Nancy Grace
OCALA, FL (AP) — A federal judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit that claims CNN’s Nancy Grace pushed the mother of a missing toddler to suicide through aggressive questioning.
Update 08-06-08 Attorney Jay Paul Deratany Expects to Depose Nancy Grace in Wrongful Death Suit
Chicago, IL: Attorney Jay Paul Deratany has handled many wrongful death suits in the past, but this one promises to be a little different. He is representing the parents of Melina Duckett, a Florida mother who shot and killed herself after a taped interview about her missing baby with the combative crime show host, CNN’s Nancy Grace in September of 2006.
OCALA – Lawyers for CNN and the network’s host Nancy Grace want a federal judge to order a Lake County mental-health facility to turn over its treatment records of Melinda Duckett, who was mother of missing toddler Trenton Duckett and who committed suicide.
Update 01-06-09: Lawyers won’t block release of Melinda Duckett’s mental-health records
In documents filed New Year’s Eve, the lawyers contend Duckett’s mental-health history is relevant to her family’s wrongful-death lawsuit, which accuses Grace and her show of “intentionally inflicting emotional distress” on the 21-year-old mother.
Officials for LifeStream Behavioral Center in Leesburg, which treated Duckett, told the cable network’s lawyers last month that they would not honor a deposition subpoena but would follow a judge’s order.