MP of the week: Trenton Duckett

This week’s featured missing person is Trenton John Duckett, who disappeared from Leesburg, Florida on August 26, 2006, just two weeks after his second birthday.

This case is a fairly well-known one. Trenton went missing in the middle of his parents’ contentious divorce, and both parents publicly accused the other one of being behind his disappearance. The investigation quickly focused on his mother, Melinda, as Trenton was in her care when he disappeared. After her son went missing, Melinda apparently threw out his photos and some of his toys, which is odd to say the least.

Unfortunately, things ground to a screeching halt after Melinda’s suicide on September 8, thirteen days after her son’s disappearance. After getting aggressively grilled on national TV by Nancy Grace about her missing boy, Melinda hid inside her grandparents’ closet and shot herself.

Melinda’s family subsequently sued Nancy Grace and her network for wrongful death. The suit was settled out of court. It’s worth noting that Melinda had a history of depression, suicidal ideation and psychiatric hospital stays, so I don’t think her death can be put down to Nancy Grace’s interview, but that certainly didn’t help matters.

Trenton’s mother took whatever she knew to her grave. And since then there hasn’t been much activity in Trenton’s case. The cops seem to think Melinda probably killed him.

If still alive, Trenton would be 18 now. He would probably have no memory of his pre-disappearance life and, perhaps, no idea he’s listed as a missing child.

Trenton is half-white, half-Korean, with brown hair and brown eyes. I hope he’s still alive, but I think it’s unlikely.

10 thoughts on “MP of the week: Trenton Duckett

  1. imaginewisdom March 1, 2023 / 12:22 am

    This is such a sad case. That poor baby, suffering silently under the circumstances he was born into (as is much the case with other instances in which parents murder their children).

    • Vincent March 17, 2023 / 6:15 pm

      My heart goes out to the family and friends of Kimberly J. Bunton. What a sad story. What a waste. People should try to be kind to one another. Men, in particular, should try and be loving, peaceful. There is just too much coldness in our society. And let’s rethink the whole “balloon release” concept. I know it looks like a beautiful way of honoring a loved one, but those balloons are going to fall on land or water in the form of garbage. A balloon release is a trash release. Releasing trash is not a good way to honor someone.

  2. meagleface March 20, 2023 / 9:21 pm

    Thank you for all that you do.
    I hope you are doing okay.
    I would like to donate but I no longer see the link
    Is that option still available?

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