UNSOLVED DISAPPEARANCE: TRENTON DUCKETT

When a Florida toddler disappears from his bed and into the summer night, the investigation that follows is as controversial as it is urgent. An open window, a media firestorm and a series of tragedies complicate the search for a missing child in this episode of Last Seen Alive.

Sources used to research this episode:

14 Years Later, Family Hopeful to Find Trenton Duckett (Curtis McCloud / Spectrum 9 News)

Duckett’s Marriage Rocky from the Start (Mabel Perez / The Ocala StarBanner)

Josh Duckett Cleared of Threatening Family (ClickOrlando.com)

Police Release Mother’s Suicide Note (Stephen Hudak and Martin Comas / The Baltimore Sun)

New Lead Widens Probe of Missing Child (Nancy A. Fischer and Maki Becker / The Buffalo News)

Talk Show Host Will Focus on Duckett Case (Christine Dellert / Orlando Sentinel)

Melinda Duckett Prepared ‘Talking Points’ for Nancy Grace Interview ( Stephen Hudak / Orlando Sentinel)

Duckett Suicide Note: ‘After My Baby is Found, I Would Not be a Good Mother’ (Dan Sullivan / Daily Sun)

Nancy Grace Settles Lawsuit Over Guest’s Death (Sheila Marikar / ABC News)

Police Revisit Claimed Sighting of Trenton Duckett (Millard K. Ives / The Ocala StarBanner)

Duckett Deeply Troubled, Notes, Web Postings Show (Buffalo News)

Files in Case of Missing Boy Show Anguish, Tough Choices (Travis Reed / Washington Post)

Missing Boy’s Photos, Toys Found in Trash Bin (Tampa Bay Times)

Trenton Duckett Developments (Christine Dellert / Orlando Sentinel)

Why Did Melinda Duckett Become a Notary? (Austin L. Miller / The Ocala StarBanner)

Transcript: Nancy Grace, 2-Year-Old Disappears from Bedroom (CNN Transcripts)

Transcript: Nancy Grace, Update on 2-Year-Old’s Disappearance / 911 Call Transcript (CNN Transcripts)


Investigators in Leesburg, Marion Still Differ Over Trenton’s Disappearance (Austin L. Miller / The Ocala StarBanner)

Children Abducted by Family Members: National Estimates and Characteristics (US Department of Justice)

Duckett vs. State (Supreme Court of Florida)

Hidden Consequences: The Impact of Incarceration on Dependent Children (Eric Martin / National Institute of Justice Journal)

If you know anything about the disappearance of Trenton Duckett, please contact the Leesburg Police Department at: 352-787-2121.

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