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Florida Mother Died by Suicide Because Her Toddler Vanished, But After 14 Years The Family Still Has Hope!

In 2006, a young boy named Trenton Duckett mysteriously vanished from his bed in Florida, leaving his mother, Melinda Duckett, distraught. Melinda promptly dialed 911 to report her son missing. At the time of the incident, she had been in the company of some friends, engrossed in watching TV in another room.

Amid her breathless account to the dispatcher, Melinda shared, “He was ready for bed… He might have had his shoes off and his shirt off.” Police swiftly arrived at the scene, only to discover that the screen to Trenton’s bedroom window had been cut, leaving no traces behind.

As the investigation unfolded, Melinda Duckett became the primary suspect. Although law enforcement officials could have apprehended her within four days of her son’s disappearance, they decided to exercise patience, hoping that she would eventually lead them to Trenton.

However, Melinda, who was 21 at the time, failed to provide the police with any substantial information. Several weeks later, she appeared on the Nancy Grace TV show, where her accounts regarding Trenton’s disappearance were inconsistent. During the broadcast, Grace accused Melinda of being evasive.

The following day, Melinda penned a heartfelt, two-page letter addressed to “the public.” In the letter, she expressed her profound love for Trenton and expressed her anguish over facing “ridicule and criticism.” Tragically, she left the letter on her car’s dashboard before taking her own life. Fourteen years have passed, and the case remains open, shrouded in unanswered questions.

Despite the passage of time, Trenton’s family continues to hold on to hope that he is alive. His father, Josh Duckett, occasionally appears in public and organizes vigils, clinging to the belief that his son will one day return. “We’ve never given up, and we’re not going to now,” Josh stated in an interview with News 6 last year.

Moriah Ballard
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Moriah Ballard joined the KPRC 2 digital team in the fall of 2021. Prior to becoming a digital content producer in Southeast Texas and a Houstonian, Moriah was an award-winning radio host in her hometown of Lorain, Ohio and previously worked as a producer/content creator in Cleveland. Her faith, family, and community are her top passions.
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