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Trenton Duckett Possibly Shipped to Korea?

Could the missing Trenton Duckett actually have been sent to Korea? Investigators into the disappearance of Trenton Duckett are actually looking into that angle. Investigators are looking at flight records around the time of Trenton’s disappearance to see if that nay have actually happened. Police are looking into the over 12,000 passengers who traveled to Korea that weekend. There do not seem to be any solid leads that would have police look in this direction; however, all scenarios need to be investigated.


Detectives in the search for missing Trenton Duckett are now poring over international airline records trying to determine whether the toddler was whisked out of the country, WKMG-TV has reported. Now, investigators are looking into the possibility that Duckett sent her son to Korea.

“We do have certain individuals who stated that Melinda had talked about her roots and possibly sending little Trenton back to his roots,” Marion County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Chris Blair said. “We are working with customs and issuing some subpoenas. They are aiding us in trying to obtain information on people who were located on certain flights.”

However, Marion County investigators said they believe Duckett, who was born in Korea but was adopted by a New York family when she was a baby, may have handed off her son to someone near a Belleview restaurant last year. (News4)

Trenton Duckett’s Father Gives New Items To Detectives

Local officials said they are working with U.S. Customs officials to check the manifests on every U.S. to Korea flight on the weekend that Trenton disappeared in August. Those manifests include the names of 12,000 people.

Investigators are cross-checking those names to see if anybody connected to Trenton’s mother, Melinda Duckett, match those names. (WESH)

UPDATE I: Joshua Duckett meets with police behind closed doors.


Leesburg police made new requests for DNA. A hair brush and toys that may have Trenton Duckett’s DNA on them still. Police are making a comparison of a pillow and pillow case found thrown away at Melinda Duckett’s house.

UPDATE II: Could Melinda Duckett’s former co-workers offer any insight into the disappearance of Trent Duckett? Is this the speculation that is causing police to believe that maybe Trenton Duckett was sent to Korea?

Carolyn Kendrick is a chiropractic clinic manager in Sumter County. Melinda Duckett worked there when Trenton was 6 months old.

Duckett is considered the prime suspect in her son’s disappearance. She killed herself in September, just weeks after she reported the boy missing
That same month, Kendrick described Duckett’s desire to find her Korean birth mother.

“The only thing she really expressed to me was that she wanted to go back to her roots, which is Korea,” Kendrick told WESH 2 News.

January 24th, 2007 at 06:39pm Posted by | Missing, Missing Children, Trenton Duckett | 5 comments

Stanford Student, Mengyao “May” Zhou Missing Since January 20, 2007 (Update: Found Deceased)

23 year old Stanford University graduate student, Mengyao Zhou, has been missing since Saturday, January 20, 2007. Zhou was last seen at her place of residence at Stanford’s graduate-student housing complex about 10:30 AM Saturday. Zhou went to run errands and has not been seen or heard from since. 

 Poster of Mengyao “May” Zhou


  • Zhou is described as Asian
  • 5 feet, 5 inches tall
  • about 120 pounds
  • She was driving a silver four-door 2006 Toyota Corolla with California license plate 5VFG430. (Mercury News)

She has not called or e-mailed any friends or relatives since the weekend, Bates said, noting there is no obvious reason for her disappearance.

If anyone has any information regarding the whereabouts of Zhou or her vehicle please contact Stanford police at (650) 723-9633; (650) 329-2413 after normal business hours.

UPDATE I: $25,000 reward offered for tips leading to the where abouts of Mengyao Zhou

UPDATE II: May Zhou’s body found in the trunk of her car. Police are suspecting it was a suicide; however, no official report has been made. The police reference items found in the vehicle that were consistent with suicide. One would speculate a possible bottle of pills; however, no details were provided. If so, how sad a situation that May felt the need to end her life. May she rest in peace.

The body found inside the trunk of a car at Santa Rosa Junior College this morning is that of Mengyao “May” Zhou, according to Santa Rosa police. Additionally, items found in the trunk of a car owned by the missing 23-year-old Stanford University graduate student “indicate the subject may have committed suicide,” according to Santa Rosa police Sgt. Lisa Banayat.

An autopsy is scheduled for Friday, according to the Sonoma County coroner’s office. Santa Rosa Police Lt. Ed Hemphill confirmed this morning that Zhou’s car was found about 7 a.m. (Thursday) with a body in its trunk, parked at the junior college’s planetarium parking lot. The car was towed to a undisclosed location, where her body was discovered.  

UPDATE III: Autopsy reveals high level of sedative

Stanford University doctoral student Mengyao “May” Zhou — found dead in Santa Rosa days after she vanished from the campus — had a high level of a legal drug in her system, the Sonoma County coroner’s office reported Thursday night.

Although coroner’s officials said a cause of death has yet to be determined, they did find a toxic level of diphenhydramine, the antihistamine and sedative found in the allergy medication Benadryl and other drugs. Tests found 6.15 milligrams per liter in Zhou’s system; 1 to 5 milligrams per liter is the potentially toxic range.

No other drugs or alcohol were found in Zhou’s system, according to the toxicology report, which stemmed from an autopsy. Officials have previously said there were “no outward signs of foul play.” They have also have said Zhou’s death appeared to be a suicide. (Mercury News)


January 24th, 2007 at 03:13pm Posted by | autopsy, Found Deceased, Missing, Missing Adult, Missing College Student, Reward | 5 comments

Wade Steffey missing since January 13, 2007 … The Searches Continue

Volunteers continue to search for the missing Purdue student, Wade Steffey. Searchers hope to find Wade Steffey’s cell phone.

One of the areas will be on campus looking for Steffey’s missing cell phone. Bishop didn’t want to say this morning where the other two areas would be so that people wouldn’t decide to search on their own as it will encompass some private property.

Police have been looking for any evidence they can link to Steffey’s disappearance, including a silver, flip-style Verizon phone that belongs to Steffey.

Search for missing Purdue student continues with SAR dogs

This was the fourth time police have used trained dogs to search the campus for signs of Wade S. Steffey, a Purdue freshman from Bloomington. Steffey has been missing since Jan. 13.

The dog team that searched Tuesday, Advance K9 Search & Recovery, Inc., of Indianapolis, works closely with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children based in Alexandria, Va.

“The K9s are searching at the epicenter of the area where we last knew where Wade was,” said Capt. John Cox of the Purdue University Police Department. “They’re going to double check and triple check. We don’t want to miss anything.”

January 24th, 2007 at 12:41pm Posted by | Missing, Missing College Student, Search and Rescue, Wade Steffey | no comments