A person of interest has been questioned in the disappearance of 2-year-old Trenton Duckett. Detectives with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office said a man named Chai-Wen Chen, was named a person of interest in the case. He is 25-years-old and works in Belleview, Florida. He worked at a Rent-A-Center and two employees there reported seeing Melinda Duckett with Trenton on the day he disappeared, however, they are closed on Sundays.
WESH is reporting he was a close friend of Melinda Duckett.
On the day she reported her son missing and within minutes of the time two witnesses reported seeing Duckett and her son at a Belleview Wendy’s, Leesburg police confirm that Duckett called him on her cell phone.
“He is a person of interest,” said Major Chris Blair of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.
Investigators said they became even more interested when WESH 2 told them where he works — in Belleview at a Rent-A-Center directly across the street from the Wendy’s where Duckett was spotted.
Though it appears no knew information has been released, he is said to be cooperating with authorities. It may also lend credence to the Wendy’s sightings.