Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The Ultimate Set Up? - Melinda Duckett's Suicide

Here are two pictures showing the actual crime s cene photos of the closet obtained from the public records of  the Lady Lake Police which I have lovingly doctored for the family's sake.

September 8 marks 6 years that Melinda Duckett was found in her bedroom closet by her grandmother. Everyone believed that Melinda killed herself...everyone, except those that knew the truth.

Here is a post made  by Duckett family friend Laurie Konnerth, the one who set up the Trenton Duckett Family Trust Fund, with her being the lone signatory on the account at SunTrust Bank.

Laurie Konnerth

October 18 2006 10:02 AM

I really want everyone to know that at no time, did any of us involved and mostly Josh and especially Carla, ever hated Melinda. Honestly, it was obvious very soon after Josh and Melinda started dating that she was troubled. Josh loved and wanted to help her and Carla tried her best to befriend her, but it was not to be. The moment we knew that she killed herself, which was just about 5 min. after it happened, we cried. No one, ever wanted that to happen although we knew when NG pressured her that she would feel backed into a corner and when that happened...she was capable of almost anything. I hope she has some peace now because she was not at peace while alive. She was conflicted and was unable to reason out in her mind why she felt like she did. I am heading out soon to the command center opening. I hope I can meet some of you there. If you are comfortable, please let me know who you are, but I promise to respect your animinity.

Can you see through what Laurie Konnerth is alluding to?  Laurie is the one who set things up with Nancy Grace. Laurie used Nancy Grace to accomplish the idea that Melinda was so distraught about being in the public eye that she killed herself.  I believe Melinda had a little help that fateful day. I believe she grabbed her grandfather's gun to protect herself, not kill herself.

October 20, 2006 4:41 PM (Laurie Konnerth)

Also, I didn't mean to be rude the other night when I didn't answer this..... without looking back and reading, I know someone asked me about the porno thing. The answer to that is yes, I do know all about it. I actually provided that information (print out of site with photo) to the FDLE at the end of August. I swear....the investigator practically skipped into the PD he was so happy to get it. At that time they were finding out more and more about Melinda and were still amazed with her multi-faceted abilities!! Also, just about everything that you see on NG, is info that I have given her... so with that in mind, she hasn't had a chance to do anything on the porn yet, so I would like to wait until this evening to see if she is able to get it into the show tonight. Don't want to upstage her, she has been so good to us! Also, I have not given any of the porn stuff to the local media ---although I was tempted at times!!
From FDLE public records:

And of Course Lauri Konnerth failed to mention that Josh Duckett was ALSO in those porn pictures:

But then if she had mentioned that piece of information it would have ruined the picture she was painting of Melinda Duckett...the troubled crazy person who invaded Josh Duckett's life. The person who was fingered as the only suspect in the abduction of Trenton. This expose to the police (and even Nancy Grace) was all behind Melinda's back.  You can see this in the Myspace post Melinda wrote to her friend (not boyfriend) Chen.

On September 4, 2006  Melinda wrote to her friend Chai Chen (Where is my brown eye Girl?) on myspace:

Melinda seems hopeful here that things will work out even though the "media has made things worse".

Here is the post from Melinda on her myspace that she made to the media which I have taken from the public records sent to me from FDLE dated September 6, 2006:

There is a lot of "fight" in this message to the media.  How does one person go from taking on the world on one day and then to giving up completely two days later ? 

On September 5, 2006 Leesburg Police did a trash pull behind Melinda's apartment. They never  contacted her about what they "found". If they had,  Melinda would have been furious to find out that things she meticulously packed to retrieve at a later date, were "found" in the trash including a suitcase full of momentoes she took from her nightstand and carefully wrapped to protect them from breakage. Why would she wrap and pack everything to throw in a dumpster?

Do you recognize the items above that were displayed on Melinda's nightstand next to her bed? Doesn't it seem odd to you that these items were "found in the dumpster"?

There are so many questions about how Melinda died that remain unanswered.

There were TWO shots fired from the 50 year old shotgun that was taken out of Billy Eubank's bedroom closet. The magazine taken from the top night stand drawer next to Billy's bed was jammed in backwards and no shell could have been fired. There was a fork found on the floor next to the bed which could have been used to try to unjam the magazine from the shotgun.

 Not being able to unjam the gun, shells had to be taken from the box in the bottom drawer of the nightstand. So here's the questions:

  1. Why were only two shells taken?
  2. Why didn't Melinda take the whole box with her into the closet?
  3. Why would she take two shells - thinking that she would miss? Or need a practice shot?

And questions about the "suicide":

  1. Why was there NO gunshot residue on  Melinda's hands or feet?
  2. Why were there NO fingerprints on the shotgun?

Here's her grandfather's shotgun:

And then there's conflicting evidence concerning her handwritten notes:

  1. Why were they NOT dated?
  2. Why were they NOT signed?
  3. Why were they in the open on her center console of her car?

And questions about using the 50 year old shotgun:

  1. If Melinda was going to kill herself using a shotgun, why didn't she use the brand new shotgun that was loaded and found on the floorboard of her car?
  2. Why did she grab in a hurry the one in her grandfather's  closet, leave the case in view on top of the king size bed, when that gun had not been fired in over 20 years?
  3. If she walked out to her car to place the "suicide notes" on the center console and load her new shotgun and place that gun that was in her trunk onto the floorboard of her car, why not just take that gun into the house? (She could have in the dark during the night).
And my raise a flag question:


And my final question:  Who gained the most by having Melinda Duckett dead by suicide?

November 11 2006 8:12 PM (Laurie Konnerth)

When Josh first started all of this he hired a Mary Hatcher. Cost Carla $8,000 and did nothing. That is one of the reasons why... when Josh said he was going to go back to Melinda, that Carla slapped him. She had been trough so much and was broke. Kevin broke her, Josh broke her and she was struggling to keep the flower shop opened. I know this because I lent her a large sum of money to help. So, when there time to have an attorney represent him again, Josh just thought he could do it on his own. I would go with him, but I wasn't allowed to speak... only sit there and he was pretty stubborn ... being young and thinking he could handle it.. he didn't always listen to my advise. ....

So WHY did Carla close that flower shop?

November 11, 2006 10:14 PM (Laurie Konnerth)

Actually.. to tell the whole story, my daughter and I staked out the apartment where Trenton went missing from for several hours one night waiting for them to come home... I just wanted to see Josh & Trent so I knew they were okay, but they never showed. That's when I called Nancy. And yes, it has been hard for me, but not near as hard as it is for Carla! I feel so bad for her. But she is strong and is hanging in there, just like Josh.

And where did Laurie and her daughter Danae hide to spy on Melinda?  In the driveway next to the firewall like in the article "The Getaway"? http://duckettbucket.blogspot.com/2012/02/august-27-2006the-getaway.html

Laurie Konnerth

November 11, 2006 10:35 PM

All the way to the police station that night, I kept saying to Danae, "What has she done now?" Each and everyone of us that night told LE that we definiately thought it was Melinda. No doubts at all. We just could not let that information out to the media etc. for everyone's protection.

And it always bothers me as to what role Laurie Konnerth has played in all this. I don't know if it is true or not, but someone emailed me that Carla Massero told them that Lauie Konnerth was having an affair with the lead detective of Leesburg Police = Rich Giles. Laurie's husband divorced her. I wonder if that had anything to do with the divorce?  Whether or not that information is true, some other law enforcement agency needs to look at this case.


Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Amber Alert

Trenton Duckett went missing August 27, 2006. The amber alert went out to the media to ask the public's help in finding Trenton.  View the video here. Amber Alert Trenton Duckett

What does the family of Josh Duckett spend time doing to help locate Trenton?

Saturday, May 26, 2012

James Aren Duckett - Correspondence 2

This is my second letter to James dated April 15, 2010:

James A. Duckett #112232

Florida State Prison G Wing
7819 NW 228 Street
Raiford, FL 32026-1160

April 15, 2010

Dear James,

Thanks for getting back to me so quickly. You mentioned in your letter that you would be writing me again over that same weekend so I have been waiting to receive your second letter. Since time has passed, I decided to write back to you, hoping that our letters won’t cross.

I realize that there is a lot to process in what I had written to you. Just as you have had time to process what happened to you these past twenty plus years, I have been researching this case since September 2006, for hours every day. While I find some answers, I keep finding more questions.

I would like to visit you and have called the prison. My understanding is that you have to send me the form, so I hope you will do that and I hope our conversation will be productive. I am only an hour’s drive from you, so it would be feasible.

I am in the process of going over hundreds of public records sent to me from different law enforcement agencies. It surprises me how much Carla and Josh go to the police over trivial matters. Someone brought it to my attention that Carla accused me of burglarizing her flower shop on Main Street in Leesburg. (Not the one she had in Bushnell and closed) I’ve never been to her shop. They also told me that Carla and “her boy toy” Jason Fort (Iris Tant Payne’s son) came to my house to scope it out. They also went to Melinda’s Aunt Cathy’s house in Virginia to ask her not to sue Nancy Grace.

I would be interested to look at Melinda’s letters to you. Also, to discuss what you all talked about concerning your case and the book The Truth Shall Set Him Free. She dog- eared the pages and mailed it to her dad in New York, but I haven’t seen her book.

And just to get everything straight in my mind, I’d like to know Carla’s relatives. Her dad is Carl Ray Roberts. He is married to Leola Irene Roberts but somehow I don’t think it’s her mother. There’s something strange there. She has a sister Susan Harrell now divorced and took her maiden name back (Roberts). She also has a brother Donnie whose son is Christopher Roberts. She married Brian Lee Boggs and divorced him. Then she lived with Kevin John Massero and did not marry him until Josh turned 18. She is still married to him but he has a cocaine addiction and lives with his parents in Ocala. Carla has been living with Jason Fort age approx. 28, since early 2006. Melinda also mentioned an Aunt Sharon Harrelson, but I am curious as to how she is really related to Carla and Josh.

I’d also like to hear your thoughts as to who could have committed the crime you are convicted of. It always boils down to who has the motive. The way the little girl was found in the water was too obvious. Someone wanted her found right away and have you blamed for the crime. I have some thoughts on this and we can discuss it at the time we meet.

Melinda had no motive to keep Trenton away from Josh and she would never hurt Trenton. She felt depressed because Trenton was, as she said, taken on “her watch”. Just like you felt guilt of changing the date of the visit, Melinda felt she was not a good mother because Trenton was taken and she didn’t/couldn’t stop it.

And like in your case, Melinda was set up. No doubt in my mind. Motive? Money and control/power.

I’m off on Sundays so I could meet you then.


Liz Lennon

And here is James' response to me on April 20, 2010:

And I noticed on page 6 of James' letter about Carla having an affair with a Bushnell cop.

Friday, May 25, 2012

James Aren Duckett - Correspondence

Since Melinda Duckett had been corresponding with Josh Duckett's father James Aren Duckett (he had over two dozen letters from her), I decided to write James myself. Here is the first letter I wrote to him.

James A. Duckett #112232

Florida State Prison, G-wing
7819 NW 228 Street
Raiford, FLA 32026-1160

March 30, 2010

Dear Mr. Duckett,

I have become aware of your case through my research these past almost 4 years of searching for Trenton Duckett. I have also contacted your friend Jeanne Bragg and we have had some very interesting telephone conversations, although I have not spoken to her recently.

I have read her book “The Truth Shall Set Him Free”. Jeanne Bragg became your public voice to “present the other side”. I am a public voice as well. I am presenting the other side for Melinda Duckett. Like you, Melinda was set up. And like you, I believe she was set up by the same person…Carla.

I have the last letter you wrote to Melinda. She was to have visited with you that fateful Sunday when Trenton was taken from his bedroom. She wrote it down in her agenda and had arranged for a babysitter. When she was notified that your brother was coming that weekend, she crossed off “James” on Aug 27th and marked her agenda “James” for September 3rd, 2006. And then your last letter to her stated that you had made a mistake and hoped she would come after all.

Melinda believed you were innocent of your crime. I know how the press can misrepresent the truth. But sometimes, they are given this misinformation and do not bother to check it out. An excellent example of this is the Nancy Grace show, which has covered the missing Trenton case in 18 airings. However, they have portrayed Melinda as a monster, a crazy unfit mother. This is due to your son Joshua Duckett spewing lies about Melinda. One such lie was that Melinda was in videos of a not so nice nature. This was shown all over the internet. What was missing from this information however was the fact that Joshua Duckett himself appeared in this same video as the starring male role. It’s not about the video, it’s about the LIE about the video.

The other event was when Melinda was baker acted in hopes of portraying her as an unfit mother so Carla and Josh could gain custody of Trenton in April 2005 in order to avoid paying child support, and to receive child support from Melinda. Melinda’s grandparents spent over $16,000 defending Melinda and ultimately she was awarded sole custody of Trenton. Josh Duckett filed a sworn affidavit with the Sumter County Court that he lied when Melinda was baker acted, that she never threatened to harm Trenton nor herself and that he was ‘INDEED INFLUENCED BY HIS MOTHER CARLA”.

Another interesting fact is that Carla closed her flower shop, the Monday after Trenton went missing. This was a business she had as her only income for over 10 years, (besides the child support for Justin and Josh and whatever other government aid she got). Why would she close her only source of income? She even borrowed money from a family friend Laurie Konnerth to keep her business going not too much before that. This same Laurie became the Trenton Duckett Family Trust Fund sole signatory.

The police believed that there was damning evidence against Melinda at the abduction crime scene. They found what they called a sonogram in the trash, a picture of Trenton in Melinda’s uterus when she was a few weeks pregnant. However, they were wrong. It was NOT a sonogram at all, but they wanted the public to believe it was a sonogram. It was a photograph taken at the hospital of the monitor screen and it showed the forearm, hand and finger of a nurse pointing at the monitor screen. Melinda had ALL her sonograms in her meticulously kept baby book. I believe Carla had that picture and placed it in the trash (loose next to the dumpster) to implicate Melinda.

On July 3, 2006 Melinda received a threatening email from Josh’s myspace. On July 3, 2006 Carla signed for a subpoena served holding Josh in contempt of court for non payment of child support. It also included the divorce papers which asked for alimony until the child support was caught up. I believe Carla was slightly angry at this and had a friend of hers help her send the email to Melinda.

I also received a letter typed from “Joshua Duckett” however, the handwriting on the envelope was definitely not his, and was Carla’s handwriting.

Getting back to your case, I think it is quite coincidental that Carla had Brian Boggs, who was age 17, waiting in the wings when you were convicted. She also made the statement to Melinda’s grandparents that she was fed up with you and got even. I noticed that in the chapter of the book that was devoted to your thanking people in your life, Carla was not mentioned. I totally understand.

You have another grandson, his name is Ryder. The young mother Stephani was only 17 when Josh impregnated her. And Trenton was just missing 6 months at the time. Stephani lived with Josh and Carla for a time. She said that she could not live with Carla, that she was too controlling of her baby and slapped Stephani in the face. Stephani also said that Carla told her that Carl Ray Roberts was a pedophile. I believe Jeanne Bragg told me that Carla was abused as a child. Carla’s nephew Christopher Roberts was charged a couple years ago for the same thing but he was acquitted after the second trial.

Trenton is still missing, but I don’t think he will be found until the investigators start looking in another direction. They have only suspected Melinda thanks to the campaign to make her the prime suspect. Melinda was set up for the baker act. She was set up for the threatening email. Melinda was set up for the abduction of Trenton. Melinda was set up for the damning evidence in the trash (sonogram) and Melinda’s death was set up to look like a suicide.

Jeanne Bragg and I have something in common. Hers is “He’s innocent”. Mine is “She’s innocent”. It resonates within me. It is a cry for justice.

Please help me prove Melinda was set up. It may just be the answer you have been waiting for yourself.

Liz Lennon
PO Box 88
Reddick, FL 32686

PS I have a website devoted to defending Melinda. It’s called: “Was It Really Worth It?” I write as Maytruthprevail.

And here is James Duckett's first response letter to me:

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

James Aren Duckett

James Aren Duckett has sat on death row in Florida for 24 years. James is Trenton Duckett's paternal grandfather. Melinda believed that James Duckett was innocent. She had the book The Truth Shall Set Him Free by Jeanne Bragg and wanted to help prove his innocence.

The day that Trenton Duckett went missing, Sunday August 27, 2006, Melinda was scheduled to visit James in prison in Starke Florida. This trip would have been over 2 hours one way. She did not take that trip because James had written to her stating that his family was scheduled to come and she would not be allowed to visit.  However, on Tuesday August 22, 2006 this is what James wrote to Melinda:

"I bet you are still Laughing at me over the screw up last wk. How I lost a whole wk I will never know. I was so Positive last Sunday was the 27th & worried you would drive up & not be allowed in due to Uncle Ronnie having been here on Saturday. Oh it’s Hell to be old (HaHa) I do hope To see you Sunday! Love seeing you & talking to you.Well let me go. Take Care. Love you both.

Well Saturday was August 12th when Ronnie came with Josh Duckett. And Saturday night was when Melinda was frantically calling her friends to get $5,000 cash because she was having issues with Josh and needed to protect Trenton and herself.

Melinda did not receive James' letter until Friday the 24th. She already rescheduled her visit with James for Sunday September 3rd, the week after Trenton went missing.

Planning to hide Trenton from Josh as the Duckett  camp states is her reason for "staging the abduction", how could she have pulled this off in so little time...Saturday night? Why would she plan to see James the following Sunday? It makes absolutely no sense.

James wrote to me stating that he felt guilty about the "mix-up" and maybe if she had come to see him Trenton would still be here. That in itself sounds to me that James does not think Melinda hid Trenton, but that he was in fact abducted.

The so called conspiracy theory, where the police pick a suspect and build their case around suspicions rather than facts, is not unusual. The two perfect examples are the Melinda Duckett case and the James Duckett case. They both have a common denominator...retaliation by Carla Massero.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Billy Eubank - Happy 80th Birthday

Billy Eubank celebrates his 80th birthday today. I wish him and his precious wife Nancy many more years to come.  For the past few months he has battled high blood pressure and resulting stomach bouts which included time spent in the hospital undergoing numerous tests. He has had to curtail some of his duties at their church.  The doctor told him it was all caused by STRESS. Can't imagine what stress both he and Nancy have endured over the past eight years!

While Josh Duckett has gone on with his life (he married Debi Doster his girlfriend of 4 years on March 3, 2012) and his mother purchased the Tompkins Flower Shop in Bushnell, Billy and Nancy wake up every morning next to the bedroom where Melinda's faceless body was found  by Nancy. Every morning they pray for Trenton and believe that one day they will know the truth and that Melinda will be vindicated.

Here is a letter that Billy wrote on April 8, 2009 when CNN was taking depositions.
This is Billy with Mindy on August 14, 2006, the day of her 21st birthday and Trenton's 2nd birthday.

This is a picture of me and Billy. I will never give up looking for Trenton and vindicating Melinda's name. They stole her son, her life and her reputation.  And this is my promise to my "detective buddy" Billy Eubank...One Day...May Truth Prevail!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

August 27, 2006...The Getaway

Windemere Apartments

View of driveway between apartment and gas station

Another view of driveway from gas station to apartment

Situation for an easy getaway.

Now take a look and you decide WHO the primary suspect should be. Do you still think it's Melinda?

Josh Duckett lived with Melinda at the Windemere Apartments #48 in Leesburg until they separated Oct 30, 2005.

He knew her habits of cracking the windows; that she put Trenton to bed around 8 PM. He knew which room Trenton slept in and the position of his bed.

On the evening of July 3, 2006 a car was parked next to Melinda's apartment and hidden by the firewall (there are no windows) on that side of the apartment. They sat there undetected, in the dark of the evening and the overhead large trees. They had their laptop with them and found the wireless IP of Melinda. They sent the threatening email from Josh's Fuckface account to Melinda's myspace at 8:15 PM.

To check to see if the IP address would show up, they then sent a myspace post from Josh's Fuckface account (they would have had to been logged in to his account) to Cierra Bacon's myspace account 11 minutes later at 8:26 PM.

Cierra was Josh Duckett's friend NOT Melinda's. (She is still a friend on Josh's and Carla's facebook accounts as well as appeared on the television show Vanished with Josh Duckett.) Here is a post she made to Josh's myspace account on August 15 (after Josh visited his dad in prison on the 12th and Melinda was scared and trying to get her hands on $5,000 to protect her and Trenton)

On Friday, July 14, 2006  Trenton's room had the windows cracked. Someone, removed the screen or made a slight cut in the screen undetected, and handed Trenton two pictures of Josh Duckett on his bike. There was an injunction in place and Carla was furious about the injunction because it prevented her from seeing Trenton. And Carla always seemed to have some sort of retalliation in place when it came to Melnda Duckett.

To me, it was a "dry run" of the abduction to come:

They were able to park outside Melinda's apartment on Monday night July 3, 2006 and pick up her wireless IP as they sat in their car with their laptop. It was 8:15 PM so it was dark enough that they wouldn't be detected. They wanted her to press charges against Josh so that they could show that the IP address was hers and then have her arrested for perjury. They posted a comment minutes later on Cierra Bacon's myspace account to test that it went through with Melinda's IP address.

Why? Melinda was awarded sole custody of Trenton. Josh only had visitation rights.

Question: Why would Josh Duckett catch up his child support payment so as not to be in contempt of court in July and then make no attempt to keep current. He was past due for July and August when Trenton went missing?

Josh was court ordered to pay $403 per month in child support until Trenton attained the age of 18. The morning/afternoon of July 3, 2006 - after several previous attempts - Carla Massero accepted service of the divorce papers and the non payment of child support notice. A certain MOTIVE to send the threatening email from Josh's myspace account that very evening.

Included in those papers was a request for alimony to be paid until such time as the child support was brought current. Josh was behind 3 months which was $1,209. Because of the restraining order placed, Josh HAD to bring his child support current. He paid 2 months totaling $806. Around this same time, Trenton's daycare was broken into and cash was taken in the amount of $800. Josh knew where the cash was kept. The front door was kicked in.

(an aside) Melinda Duckett's estate lawyer suing CNN - Kara Skarupa's office in Palm Beach - was broken into during the time that Josh Duckett was in Boca Raton (he was there around 2 months time according to the mother of his second son. He went there whileshe was pregnant between February 2007 and November 2007. Kara's office had the front door kicked in and their laptops were stolen. This occurred in August 2007.

Melinda had a two hour trial set up for her divorce scheduled September 13.

She also had a paternity settlement agreement regarding Trenton where Josh stated he would never try to get custody of Trenton again, which was recorded in Sumter County.

They had the motive. They already knew they could park outside Melinda's apartment and not be detected. They could see into her apartment and know that she was busy watching movies. They could have followed her myspace and knew her plans. They could see her car parked near her apartment to verify she was there and then look in the back sliding doors. (Chris Pearce moved the car to the front parking lot).

They took Trenton and hid him and had the plan to have witnesses state that Josh was seen the whole day, even with a receipt at walmart. But where was Jason Fort? Where was Carla?

They never poly'd them, only Josh.

Why would Carla close her business her only means of income and have absolutely no income?

I called the business now operating in the former place of the flower shop owned by Carla. It is a Mexican grocery store called El Norteno opened in 2008.

Carla Massero owned a maroon red dodge caravan but she no longer has that vehicle and now has a Ford Explorer.This particular van appeared in a google earth shot in front of her new flower shop formerly known as Tompkins Flower Shop in Bushnell.

Carla's van has panel doors on both sides of the van. I suspect that she parked the van (made a u-turn in the drive next to Melinda's apartment) and waited with the motor running and the panel door open for Jason to hop the fence and cut the screen with one of her "floral knives" reach in and take Trenton (after peering between the window blinds (which were bent).

Trenton's bedroom window with window raised for access.

Blinds tampered with and blanket crumpled.

He grabbed Trenton and handed him to Carla waiting on the other side of the fence and then hopped into the back of the van, slamming the panel door. That is the sound that Melinda, Danny and Chris mentioned in their statements to police. They heard that sound during the "middle of the 2 hour movie which would put it at 8:00 PM".

They drove Trenton to the flower shop - which they never reopened. They would have arrived at the flower shop at approximately 8:38 PM or sooner if they were driving fast. Then Carla would have left Trenton with Jason at the shop or someone else was there if in fact Jason was seen at the house by police that night. Then Carla would have arrived at her house 15 minutes later (only nine miles from shop) which would have brought her home before 9.

Melinda did not discover Trenton missing until 9:10 PM. So Carla and Josh had time to put their jammies on by the time police arrived at their house in Webster.

Then we have the report that14 year old Kristiey Cabbage saw Trenton with Josh at the swimming hole in Croomacoochee park which was within walking distance from Carla's house the next day in the late afternoon.

Maybe Josh wanted to spend time with Trenton before they moved him to another location, most likely with family or friends, maybe even in another state? Whoever had/has him probably thinks they were doing a noble thing keeping Trenton away from his mother Melinda, because they were told she was a danger to him and Josh. Then when too much time passed, they didn’t want to implicate themselves in a kidnapping, or rat on a family member they were trying to protect.

The police chose NOT to believe Melinda Duckett, nor the Wendy's witness, nor Kristen Cabbage. Melnda believed that it was Jason Fort (under the guidance of Carla Massero) and since Melinda believed  Josh Duckett was spineless, it had to have been Jason Fort who took her son Trenton Duckett.

Instead, the investigators decided for whatever reason to believe only Josh Duckett.

I believe Melinda Duckett.  Who do you believe?