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Trenton Duckett: POI

Authorities have named a close friend of Melinda Duckett as a person of interest in the August disappearance of 2-year-old Trenton Duckett. Chai-Wen Chen, a 25-year-old male friend of the boy’s mother, works across the street from the Belleview Wendy’s where Trenton was last seen with his mother the day of the alleged abduction. It is believe that Melinda handed the boy off to someone that Sunday in an attempt to keep him away from his father, Joshua Duckett, and staged the abduction from the apartment bedroom that evening.

I hope this pans out. I was starting to get that Holloway feeling about this case.

WESH.com has a thorough article on the latest news. Other entries are accessible through the category menu in right sidebar of this blog.

Timeline update: The 12:08 phone call made by Melinda Duckett on Sunday was to Chen. I’ve updated the map and timeline entry accordingly.

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Trenton Duckett: New Development

Police have renewed their search for two-year-old Trenton Duckett, operating on the assumption that he is still alive. A witness reported seeing the Leesburg, FL, boy with his mother in a Belleview Wendy’s restaurant on August 27, the same day he was reported missing. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office will hold a press conference tomorrow to release additional details to the public.

Sources: Bradenton Herald and Orlando Sentinel

More information about Trenton’s disappearance is available in this timeline entry. Other Duckett entries can be accessed by utilizing the Categories dropdown menu in the sidebar of this blog.

Update: November 15, 2006, 1:36 pm, CT

Additional information was released at today’s press conference:

Pogue and other officials said a drive-thru worker at a Wendy’s restaurant in Belleview remembered seeing Melinda and Trenton between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. that Sunday. About 20 minutes after the first sighting, the Wendy’s worker saw Melinda come through the drive-thru again. This time, Tenton was not in the car. The Wendy’s worker was interviewed and passed a polygraph test, officials said.

Then there’s this unexpected news:

As authorities renew their search for missing Central Florida boy, Trenton Duckett, WKMG-TV in Orlando has learned that a private investigator is looking into his mother’s apparent secret side business of creating and performing in amateur pornographic videos.

Nude photographs of Melinda Duckett, including one image where she is straddling a child’s crib and another explicit video where the sound of a crying baby can be heard in the background surfaced in the missing boy investigation and caused concerns for detectives, the report said.

Before Duckett’s suicide, authorities said they thoroughly looked into her alleged involvement in the adult entertainment industry to see if the 21-year-old made any enemies or possibly had given her son away to someone she met while making the movies.

Whoa. Well, that might explain where the cash stashed in her car under the ashtray came from.

Duckett Command Center

As national media focus shifts to other missing persons cases, Team Trenton is taking a new tack in working to locate 2-year-old Trenton Duckett, missing from his Leesburg, Florida, home since August 26. Joshua Duckett has opened his own command center and set up a website — http://www.helpfindtrenton.com/— in an attempt to collect tips and boost public awareness of his son’s disappearance. Tips can be called in anonymously to Duckett’s hotline (1.877.TRENT65)as well as to local law enforcement. Duckett also plans to hire a private investigator as soon as funds become available.

For more information about Trenton’s disappearance, read this Duckett Timeline entry. Additional entries are accessible on the main page of this blog or by using the Categories menu in the right sidebar.

The Eubank-Duckett Saga

The Orlando Sentinel has published a comprehensive article detailing the soap opera-like chronicles of Melinda (Eubank) and Joshua Duckett. I’ve chosen not to excerpt any of it here because I feel that taking any part of it out of context would be unfair to the subjects. Read the entire article at this link:

From Teen Sweethearts to Bitter Foes.

The Sentinel has also provided a .pdf file of DCF documents pertaining to Trenton’s custody. There is a link to that file in the Sentinel’s left sidebar. Or you can click on this link that will take you directly to their .pdf:

Court and DCF Documents.

At this time, I won’t be excerpting anything from that file either. Suffice it to say, there is plenty of shame to go around for the trauma that Trenton endured during his short life. I have saved the file for publication in case it later becomes unavailable at that link.

And the Truth Comes Out

Just as with the forged threatening e-mail purported to be from Joshua, Melinda Duckett may have thought she had outsmarted everyone with a concocted abduction of her precious son Trenton, but it’s obvious now she’d never fooled anyone but herself. Investigators were skeptical about Melinda’s story from the word go, when she pointed the finger at her estranged husband and presented them with the infamous e-mail threat as proof that he was responsible for Trenton’s disappearance. At every turn, Melinda’s words and actions only served to reinforce their suspicions.

“She feigned cooperation, but she was uncooperative throughout the investigation,” said Capt. Steve Rockefeller of the Leesburg Police Department.Not only did investigators find fresh paint on Melinda Duckett’s apartment walls and baby pictures, including a sonogram, in the trash, investigators said they also found holes in any story Melinda Duckett tried to tell them, especially when they put her on a voice stress test machine.

“Joshua passed his voice stress test. And Melinda, the results on hers were indicated deception,” Rockefeller said. “That was definitely one of the earlier indicators that something was wrong with her story.” [Source: WESH.com}

 

Melinda was reportedly more than a little skittish in the face of polygraph examinations, balking at the opportunity to clear her name on more than one occasion. This revelation is in direct conflict with the statement of her attorney, Kimberly Schulte. During an appearance on The O’Reilly Factor, Ms. Schulte claimed that Melinda did not refuse to submit to a polygraph examination, insisting that she (Ms. Schulte) rejected the invitation on her client’s behalf.

The undisclosed whereabouts and activities of Melinda after leaving her grandparents’ Lady Lake home on Saturday afternoon continue to be the most problematic for investigators. It seems that those lost hours were a particular sore spot for Melinda, as well.

Leesburg police confirmed that at one point, she started answering questions about the Friday and Sunday on the weekend Trenton disappeared, but when they started asking her about Saturday, Melinda Duckett got up and walked out.“The time frame right after Saturday afternoon leading up until Sunday morning she was, she just didn’t seem willing to discuss. And at one point, she did get up and leave an interview,” Rockefeller said. [Ibid]

 

I’ve no wish to complain about investigators’ decision to release more information to the public. In my opinion, most law enforcement organizations have, until recently, been too reluctant to enlist the public’s help in investigating high-profile crimes. I understand the line of thinking behind that, and in many cases, it’s justified. In this case, I personally don’t yet have enough information to determine whether they should have done anything differently. Although I’m grateful to be apprised of more of the facts, I’m afraid of what the decision to release the information signifies — namely that Leesburg Police have exhausted all leads and are desperate to churn up new tips.

More than ever, the focus is on Melinda Duckett and her whereabouts from 4 pm on Saturday, August 26, until approximately the same hour on Sunday, August 27. And they want the public to know it. Hopefully, there is someone out there who can delve into his or her memory and come up with something that will lead them to Trenton. We can only hope that Melinda didn’t take that most important truth to her grave. One way or another, Trenton needs to be brought home.

Melinda Duckett Updated Timeline

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  • Blue placemarks represent the locations Melinda is known to have visited on August 26.
  • Green placemarks represent the locations Melinda is known to have been at or in the vicinity of on August 27.
  • Orange placemarks represent locations Melinda claims to have visited on August 27.
  • The Knight Lake location is where Teresa McAbee’s body was recoverd in 1987. No evidence ties Melinda to that location. It is only a theory discussed later in this entry.

 

June 6

  • Melinda completes and signs her will.

June 14

  • Melinda files for divorce from Joshua Duckett.

July 3

  • Melinda faked an email from Joshua to herself, threatening to kill her and Trenton.

    In part it reads:

    “I hate you because you ruined my life and took my son.”

    “I am going to hunt you and your damn son down one day and kill both of you.”

    “Years ago, you stole my heart and f–ed me over.”

    “I don’t even think Trenton is my son anyway and your (sic) going to pay for what you’ve done to my life. I want you to be put through torture.”

    “When I get my hands on your f—–(racial slur) a– you’ll regret what you’ve done ? and I’ll bury your son with you.”

    Referenced articles:

    MSNBC article
    Nancy Grace transcript 1 & 2

July 5

  • Melinda requests a protective order, based on the threatening e-mail.

July 13

  • A no contact order is issued, and Melinda is granted temporary custody of Trenton. Joshua is hereafter prevented from seeing or speaking to his son.

August 25

    8:12 pm

  • Melinda made the following comment on her friend Ryan’s MySpace page:

    Well, well…how was work and all? I just got back home…had a slight emergency today and then my friends called me up to their house and I participated in the great sport of beer-pong. Needless to say, my buddy and I lost…but this time I didn’t up dancing on the table…oh, that’s right, I didn’t mention that one, did I? Those were the wilder days…LOL. Anyway, hope all is good and your talking care…talk later on…I’m off to bed and turning that damn phone off because it’s been going off non-stop!

In hindsight, I find it odd that Melinda made a point of posting on a MySpace.com page (viewable to the public) that she was turning off her cell phone. Why mention it? She had made no other reference to her phone or of numerous calls being a nuisance. Was she setting up an alibi for why her cell phone, and consequentially, her whereabouts, were untraceable during the next 40 hours, with the exception of the 7 hours spent at her grandparents’ house?

August 26

    9:00 am – 4:00 pm

  • Melinda and Trenton spent a good portion of the day at her grandparents’ home. While there, Melinda reportedly did laundry while Trenton played, and the two took a long nap together.
  • At some point during the day, Melinda made plans with two male friends to watch movies at her apartment.
  • 4:20 pm

  • Melinda was apparently home at her apartment where she posted a comment on a friend’s MySpace.com page.
  • 5:25 pm

  • Melinda used a credit card to purchase gas at a BP station south of Leesburg.

    Investigators learned that a previously unknown credit card issued to Melinda Duckett was used to buy gas at 5:25 p.m. that day at the BP station at U.S. Highway 27 and County Road 48. [Source: Orlando Sentinel]

Again, I emphasize that Melinda took pains to keep secret her whereabouts between the time she left her grandparents’ home on Saturday afternoon and her ATM transaction on Sunday morning. Why was that necessary, and where exactly was she? There were reports that Melinda and Trenton were seen by more than one witness in the Ocala National Forest the weekend little Trenton went missing. Police initially took Melinda at her word that she had tried to visit a firing range there on Sunday but became lost. An exhaustive search was carried out there, producing nothing of value in the search for Trenton Duckett. However, it hasn’t been definitively reported whether the sightings occurred on Saturday or Sunday. Police still consider the tips credible and have conducted subsequent searches of other areas in the park. Melinda was allegedly seen in a Leesburg business without Trenton around 8 am Sunday morning. It stands to reason that something may have happened to Trenton prior to that time. Police have expressed little hope of finding the toddler alive, but Joshua Duckett is keeping the faith, believing that Melinda “stashed” young Trenton somewhere to keep him from his father.

August 27

8:00 am

  • Melinda was reportedly seen in a Leesburg business without Trenton.
  • 10:49 am

  • Melinda withdrew $40 from a Leesburg ATM.
  • 11:15 am

  • A drive-thru server claims to have seen Michelle and Trenton at a Belleview Wendy’s before he was reported missing on August 27. Melinda came thru the drive-thru again about 20 minutes later without Trenton. **New info made available on 11/15/06.
  • 12:08 – 12:28 pm

  • Melinda was in the area of the Paddock Mall on SR 200 in Ocala. This is the first instance on record of Melinda’s cell phone use throughout the weekend. The 12:08 call was made to her friend, Chai-Wen Chen, who is the manager of a Rent-a-Center across the street from the Belleview Wendy’s where Melinda and Trenton were last seen together.
  • 12:30 pm

  • Call made from Wildwood cell tower.
  • 12:45 pm

  • Call made from Minneola cell tower.
  • Notice the 2 hours 57 minutes time gap here. The drive from Minneola to Tavares should have taken about half an hour — probably less considering Melinda’s tendency to speed. What was she doing during that nearly three hour span that apparently went unrecorded by her cell phone?

    In discussing the case at CrimeBlog.US, I speculated earlier that if Melinda wanted to implicate Joshua in Trenton’s abduction, she would probably dispose of his body in a location that held some significance for Joshua.


    If Melinda was trying to make Joshua look like the guilty party in their son’s abduction/possible murder, perhaps authorities should be searching the areas where Joshua’s father allegedly dumped his victims. I say “allegedly” because he has been convicted for only one of the crimes of which he is suspected. He sits on death row for the kidnap, rape, and murder of 11-year-old Teresa McAbee, but he is a suspect in at least two other murders. Teresa McAbee’s body was dumped in Knight Lake, near Mascotte, Florida. Mascotte is only a twenty minute drive from Leesburg, where Melinda and Trenton lived. Another likely victim is 14-year-old Jennifer Weldon, whose body was found near a phosphate mine in a remote area of Polk County. And a third possible victim is an unidentified young woman who was found in a water-filled pit near Lakeland. She was strangled about a year prior to Teresa McAbee’s murder.I’m not bringing this up to debate the guilt or innocence of Joshua’s dad. I just think that if Melinda wanted to pin the blame on Joshua, she might have left Trenton’s body at one of those locales because of the signifacance to his dad. BTW, Joshua was nearly two years old (very close in age to Trenton) at the time Teresa McAbee was killed.

    Posted on 11-Sep-06 at 1:13 pm

    The media made mention of the criminal history of Joshua’s father early on in the investigation. He is currently on Florida’s death row for the abduction, rape, and murder of 11-year-old Teresa McAbee. Her body was found floating at the edge of Knight Lake in Mascotte, where James Duckett was a rookie cop, the morning after she disappeared. Note the proximity of Mascotte to Minneola.

    Click Here For My Interactive Timeline Map

    In contrast to my speculation as to Mascotte, Melinda claimed to have traveled in the area of the Altamonte Mall, in Altamonte Springs, and the TD Waterhouse arena, in Orlando. She sketched out a map for her attorney depicting her route on August 27. It’s unclear whether the map is an honest representation of Melinda’s travels that day or another attempt to mislead investigators. There are no cell phone records to back up her claim. It appears that Melinda must have turned off her phone somewhere in the vicinity of Minneola , perhaps to prevent her whereabouts during that time from later becoming known. Why? The very fact that she tried to obfuscate her location calls into question the legitimacy of her declaration.

    All we know for certain is that at 12:45 pm, Melinda was near Minneola, and at 3:42, she was near Tavares. The three hours in between are as yet a mystery, and it seems it was Melinda’s intention to make it so.

      3:42 pm

    • Call made from Tavares cell tower.
    • 3:47 pm

    • Melinda in vicinity of the Bassville cell tower.
    • 4:00 pm

    • Melinda seen alone outside her apartment at Windemere Villas.
    • 6:40 pm

    • Melinda claims to have put Trenton to bed.
    • 6:55 pm

    • Melinda’s friends arrive to watch movies.
    • 9:00 pm

    • Melinda allegedly discovers that Trenton is missing from his bed. The window is open and the screen is slashed.
    • 9:19 pm

    • Police respond to 911 call.
    • Unknown time

    • One of Melinda’s male guests was observed putting bags of trash into the garbage bin outside the apartment complex before driving Melinda to the Leesburg Police Department for an interview. The bags were later recovered by police and found to contain pictures of Trenton, a sonogram, toys, a toy chest, food items, and other baby care articles.

    August 28

    • Joshua and Melinda were to appear at a scheduled hearing regarding Trenton’s custody.

    September 8

    • Melinda Duckett commits suicide with her grandfather’s shotgun in a closet at their residence. She reportedly left behind four notes, one of which was addressed to the Public. Police later said there were only three notes which could be characterized as suicide notes. It’s unclear if Melinda left a note for law enforcement officers, as well. They will only say that there are no notes that will lead them to Trenton or his demise.

    September 21

    • Police declare Melinda their primary suspect in the disappearance of Trenton Duckett.

    **Just as the timeline posted last week, this one will be updated as details become available. Both the satellite image, included in this entry, and the timeline map, linked above, have been updated, as well. 

    Duckett Update

    Police have accounted for more of Melinda Duckett’s whereabouts during the period of time after she left her grandparent’s home. Credit card records indicate that she bought gas at a BP station in south Leesburg at 5:25 pm on Saturday, August 26. Placing her at that location causes investigators to reconsider the notion that Melinda went to the Ocala National Forest, which is north of Leesburg.

    Read the article at WFTV.com.

    Rather than updating the existing timeline entry, I will add the latest to it and repost it as a new entry when I find the time to do so. If you come across any new articles, please post the url in the comment section of this entry. Thanks.

    Response to "The Babe in the Bunker"

    Hey Barbara,

    If you’re going to express an opinion on a given subject, it’s usually best to inform yourself of all aspects of the case first. Melinda Duckett is not all that you’ve made her out to be. This was a mother who had allegedly threatened to snap her baby’s neck, dangled him over water, squeezed him hard enough to cause him to scream, leaving marks on his chest, and held a knife to his little leg. This was a woman who concocted a hate-filled e-mail to herself, riddled with threats of violence and death, and hacked her estranged husband’s e-mail account to send it to herself. Then she promptly used it to request a protective order from the court. That protective order prevented Trenton and his father from seeing or speaking to each other throughout what will probably turn out to be the last two months of the little boy’s life.

    Furthermore, Melinda was not living with her grandparents. She had her own apartment — the apartment from whence Trenton was allegedly abducted through a slashed screen on his bedroom window. Oh, and by the way, Melinda Duckett immediately pointed the finger at Joshua Duckett, accusing him of taking the child and proffering the forged e-mail to support her accusation.

    As for the stresses in her life, you’re basing your evaluation on things that we’ve heard only from Melinda. Was she going to school full-time, or is that an exaggeration on her part? How many jobs did she have at the same time? She liked to throw around the number two, but it appears that she was having trouble keeping employment. Just to be thorough, let’s fill out the activities list: searching MySpace for Prince Charming, weekly beer pong competitions, target shooting with a shotgun, manipulating others into joining in her vendetta against Joshua Duckett. There are probably other things to add to that list, but that’s all I can come up with off the top of my head.

    The picture you painted of Ms. Duckett is worse than a whitewash. You omitted critical elements. Melinda Duckett was not a poor, put-upon, single mom being systematically mistreated by her estranged husband and the system. I guess the truth — that Melinda Ducket was a conniving, controlling, manipulative, and abusive woman who used her baby as a weapon of vengeance agaist his father — wouldn’t have been all that helpful in your endeavor to slam Nancy Grace though; would it?

    As for those women’s groups you’re trying to rally, they’d better be more discerning in choosing whom to hitch their wagon to. [Yeah, I ended that sentence with a preposition. So what?]

    Duckett Documents

    Melinda Duckett’s note to her grandparents:

    Melinda’s note to her mom and dad:

    Melinda’s note to the public:

    Chronology of Trenton Duckett Case from DCF:

    Melinda Duckett Timeline(work in progress)

    Click Image to Enlarge

    July 3

    • Melinda faked an email from Joshua to herself, threatening to kill her and Trenton.

      In part it reads:

      “I hate you because you ruined my life and took my son.”

      “I am going to hunt you and your damn son down one day and kill both of you.”

      “Years ago, you stole my heart and f–ed me over.”

      “I don’t even think Trenton is my son anyway and your (sic) going to pay for what you’ve done to my life. I want you to be put through torture.”

      “When I get my hands on your f—–(racial slur) a– you’ll regret what you’ve done ? and I’ll bury your son with you.”

      Referenced articles:

      MSNBC article
      Nancy Grace transcript 1 & 2

    July 5

    • Judge issues an injunction preventing Joshua from seeing Trenton.

    August 25

      8:12 pm

    • Melinda made the following comment on her friend Ryan’s MySpace page:

      Well, well…how was work and all? I just got back home…had a slight emergency today and then my friends called me up to their house and I participated in the great sport of beer-pong. Needless to say, my buddy and I lost…but this time I didn’t up dancing on the table…oh, that’s right, I didn’t mention that one, did I? Those were the wilder days…LOL. Anyway, hope all is good and your talking care…talk later on…I’m off to bed and turning that damn phone off because it’s been going off non-stop!

    In hindsight, I find it odd that Melinda made a point of posting on a MySpace.com page (viewable to the public) that she was turning off her cell phone. Why mention it? She had made no other reference to her phone or of numerous calls being a nuisance. Was she setting up an alibi for why her cell phone, and consequentially, her whereabouts, were untraceable during the next 40 hours, with the exception of the 7 hours spent at her grandparents’ house?

    August 26

      9:00 am – 4:00 pm

    • Melinda and Trenton spent a good portion of the day at her grandparents’ home. While there, Melinda reportedly did laundry while Trenton played, and the two took a long nap together.
    • At some point during the day, Melinda made plans with two male friends to watch movies at her apartment.
    • 4:00 pm – ?

    • Aside from a 4:20 pm MySpace comment at a friend’s page, Melinda’s whereabouts from 4:oo pm on Saturday until 8:00 Sunday morning are largely unaccounted for.

      August 26 continues to be the biggest mystery. Eyewitenss News has learned that despite hits on five cell phone towers Sunday afternoon, Saturday night there were none. Extremely uncharacteristic of Melinda. [Source: WFTV]

    Again, I emphasize that Melinda took pains to keep secret her whereabouts between the time she left her grandparents’ home on Saturday afternoon and her ATM transaction on Sunday morning. Why was that necessary, and where exactly was she? There were reports that Melinda and Trenton were seen by more than one witness in the Ocala National Forest the weekend little Trenton went missing. Police initially took Melinda at her word that she had tried to visit a firing range there on Sunday but became lost. An exhaustive search was carried out there, producing nothing of value in the search for Trenton Duckett. However, it hasn’t been definitively reported whether the sightings occurred on Saturday or Sunday. Police still consider the tips credible and have conducted subsequent searches of other areas in the park. Melinda was allegedly seen in a Leesburg business without Trenton around 8 am Sunday morning. It stands to reason that something may have happened to Trenton prior to that time. Police have expressed little hope of finding the toddler alive, but Joshua Duckett is keeping the faith, believing that Melinda “stashed” young Trenton somewhere to keep him from his father.

    August 27

      8:00 am

    • Melinda was reportedly seen in a Leesburg business without Trenton.
    • 10:49 am

    • Melinda withdrew $40 from a Leesburg ATM.
    • 12:08 – 12:28 pm

    • Melinda was in the area of the Paddock Mall on SR 200 in Ocala. This is the first instance on record of Melinda’s cell phone use throughout the weekend.
    • 12:30 pm

    • Call made from Wildwood cell tower.
    • 12:45 pm

    • Call made from Minneola cell tower.

    Notice the 2 hours 57 minutes time gap here. The drive from Minneola to Tavares should have taken about half an hour — probably less considering Melinda’s tendency to speed. What was she doing during that nearly three hour span that apparently went unrecorded by her cell phone?

    I speculated earlier that if Melinda wanted to implicate Joshua in Trenton’s abduction, she would probably dispose of his body in a location that held some significance for Joshua.


    If Melinda was trying to make Joshua look like the guilty party in their son’s abduction/possible murder, perhaps authorities should be searching the areas where Joshua’s father allegedly dumped his victims. I say “allegedly” because he has been convicted for only one of the crimes of which he is suspected. He sits on death row for the kidnap, rape, and murder of 11-year-old Teresa McAbee, but he is a suspect in at least two other murders. Teresa McAbee’s body was dumped in Knight Lake, near Mascotte, Florida. Mascotte is only a twenty minute drive from Leesburg, where Melinda and Trenton lived. Another likely victim is 14-year-old Jennifer Weldon, whose body was found near a phosphate mine in a remote area of Polk County. And a third possible victim is an unidentified young woman who was found in a water-filled pit near Lakeland. She was strangled about a year prior to Teresa McAbee’s murder.I’m not bringing this up to debate the guilt or innocence of Joshua’s dad. I just think that if Melinda wanted to pin the blame on Joshua, she might have left Trenton’s body at one of those locales because of the signifacance to his dad. BTW, Joshua was nearly two years old (very close in age to Trenton) at the time Teresa McAbee was killed.

    Posted on 11-Sep-06 at 1:13 pm

     

    The media made mention of the criminal history of Joshua’s father early on in the investigation. He is currently on Florida’s death row for the abduction, rape, and murder of 11-year-old Teresa McAbee. Her body was found floating at the edge of Knight Lake in Mascotte, where James Duckett was a rookie cop, the morning after she disappeared. Note the proximity of Mascotte to Minneola.

    Click Here for Detailed Timeline Map

    In contrast to my speculation as to Mascotte, Melinda claimed to have traveled in the area of the Altamonte Mall, in Altamonte Springs, and the TD Waterhouse arena, in Orlando. She sketched out a map for her attorney depicting her route on August 27. It’s unclear whether the map is an honest representation of Melinda’s travels that day or another attempt to mislead investigators. There are no cell phone records to back up her claim. It appears that Melinda must have turned off her phone somewhere in the vicinity of Minneola , perhaps to prevent her whereabouts during that time from later becoming known. Why? The very fact that she tried to obfuscate her location calls into question the legitimacy of her declaration.

    All we know for certain is that at 12:45 pm, Melinda was near Minneola, and at 3:42, she was near Tavares. The three hours in between are as yet a mystery, and it seems it was Melinda’s intention to make it so.

      3:42 pm

    • Call made from Tavares cell tower.
    • 3:47 pm

    • Melinda in vicinity of the Bassville cell tower.
    • 4:00 pm

    • Melinda seen alone outside her apartment at Windemere Villas.
    • 6:40 pm

    • Melinda claims to have put Trenton to bed.
    • 6:55 pm

    • Melinda’s friends arrive to watch movies.
    • 9:00 pm

    • Melinda allegedly discovers that Trenton is missing from his bed. The window is open and the screen is slashed.
    • 9:19 pm

    • Police respond to 911 call.
    • Unknown time

    • One of Melinda’s male guests was observed putting bags of trash into the garbage bin outside the apartment complex before driving Melinda to the Leesburg Police Department for an interview. The bags were later recovered by police and found to contain pictures of Trenton, a sonogram, toys, a toy chest, food items, and other baby care articles.

    August 28

    • Joshua and Melinda were to appear at a scheduled hearing regarding Trenton’s custody.

    September 8

    September 21

    • Police declare Melinda their primary suspect in the disappearance of Trenton Duckett.

    **A note to readers: I started this timeline as a way to keep track of things for myself, but as it grew (and a few people expressed interest in my thoughts on the case) I decided to go ahead and post it as a blog entry. For more thorough coverage, please read Steve Huff’s entries at CrimeBlog.US. The discussion was carried over to SteveHuff.net, and the posters there are doing a fine job of threshing things out, as well.