Still searching for Trenton
No trace of the missing two-year-old boy has been found yet.
LEESBURG -- Authorities said Monday that two people spotted Melinda Duckett alone on the day her toddler was reportedly snatched from his bed.
The sightings appear to conflict with accounts Melinda gave police and her own attorney about her travels Aug 27.
Melinda Duckett, 21, said she spent the entire day with her 2-year-old son Trenton, then put him to bed at 7 p.m. only to discover him missing two hours later. She also told her attorney she took her son and her shotgun to the Ocala National Forest that day, then became lost and drove around Central Florida for eight hours.
Police released few details about the two tips they consider "very credible." But they place Melinda alone at a Leesburg business at 8 a.m. and walking into her apartment without Trenton at 3 p.m. that day.
Police asked anyone who baby-sat Trenton at that time or who knows someone who could have watched the boy to contact the FBI. Their investigation has focused more on Melinda after she shot and killed herself at her grandparents' home in The Villages two weeks ago.
And their search anticipates Trenton's death.
Divers spent a third day Monday searching the bottom of Farles Lake in Ocala National Forest. They will return today looking for signs of Trenton's body.
"We will be here as long as we need to," Marion County Sheriff's Office spokesman Capt. James Pogue said.
In another development, a plan to enlist alligator trappers in the search Monday were held off at the request of sheriff's officials, said Joy Hill, spokeswoman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Under the plan, alligators large enough to eat a toddler would have been trapped and cut open, authorities said.
A tip about Duckett brought investigators to the forest last week. They hope the sightings reported Monday will yield a better timeline for the day Trenton disappeared.
They have been unable to confirm Duckett's version, and therefore can't say who was the last person to see the toddler alive.
Trenton's last confirmed whereabouts put him at his great-grandparents' home late Saturday afternoon Aug. 26, Rockefeller said.
I still pray a miracle happens and the boy is found. With each passing day the likelihood of that happening decreases.
In a previous blog post I mentioned a car seat advertisement that was mentioned on Nancy Grace's television show. Orlando Sentinel columnist Lauren Ritchie has an explanation.
The worst part is that in the glee of building a case against Melinda Duckett, Grace has interpreted facts to fit her theory. Take, for example, her statement that Melinda was trying to sell Trenton's car seat. Grace has insinuated that that shows Melinda knew Trenton was dead. Melinda's parents, however, said that Trenton had outgrown his seat and that his mother bought him a new booster-sized one -- it's still at her grandparents' home in The Villages.
So Grace looks off base in regards to this part of the mystery. Nevertheless Grace's suspicions about Melinda may turn out to be true.
Side note- Michelle Malkin was on O'Reilly last night discussing Nancy Grace. An interesting choice, for Michelle has yet to blog about the story. Granted she is a Fox News commentator and much better looking than me. LOL that explains everything.
Continue to pray for Trenton Duckett. He is either alive and now motherless, or gone to heaven. Either way the boy needs our prayers.
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