Police in Orlando are searching for a mother of three who vanished on the same day that an episode of “The People’s Court” aired in which she described her ex-fiancé as “malicious and vindictive” and “a mean person.”
According to WKMG, 33-year-old Michelle Parker was last seen by friends around 2:30 p.m. on Thursday. Her car was found abandoned on the west side of Orlando on Friday.
Dozens of people attended a vigil for Parker on Sunday, and family members urged anyone with information about her disappearance to come forward. Texas EquuSearch was expected to join search efforts as the hunt moves to east Orange County, CF News 13 reported.
WFTV reported that police searched the home of her ex, Dale Smith, on Friday night. They also searched a field near his house on Saturday. Smith, the father of Parker's 3-year-old twins, was home at the time of Parker's disappearance, his father told WKMG. Police have not identified Smith as a suspect and Parker's parents told WFTV that they do not believe he was involved in her disappearance.
On “The People’s Court” episode, Smith claimed that Parker threw a $5,000 engagement ring off the balcony of a hotel room during an argument, where it was lost, and he took her on the show to get back the money he paid for the ring. Parker argued that it was not her fault that he could not find it and alleged that “he’s cheated on me constantly.”
The judge determined that Parker should pay Smith $2,500, half the value of the ring. Although the episode aired Thursday, it was unclear when it was taped.
Searches over the weekend were also focused on areas where police believe Parker’s phone could be, according to CF News 13. The phone last sent a signal on Thursday night from a location near a bar where Parker used to work.
Relatives pleaded for Parker’s return Sunday. Her mother, Yvonne Stewart, told WFTV, “If anybody has her and you’re holding her hostage, please let her go. Let her come home so she can raise her babies.” Family members told CF News 13 that they believe Parker was the victim of a random crime.
Anyone with information regarding Parker’s whereabouts is asked to call the Orlando Police Department at 321-235-530.