Fla. mom missing a week after disappearance

Nov. 24, 2011 at 12:36 PM
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ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Police in Florida were searching for a missing Orlando mother a week after she disappeared.

Michelle Parker was last seen in video surveillance last Thursday driving to drop off her 3-year-old twins at the home of their father, her ex-fiance, Dale Smith Jr., the Orlando Sentinel reported.

Parker, 32, went missing just before an episode of "The People's Court" she and Smith taped last summer aired. The episode focused on a dispute over the cost of the engagement ring Parker was said to have thrown off a hotel balcony during an argument. She was ordered to pay Smith $2,500.

The Orlando Police Department's homicide unit is searching for Parker, which is standard procedure in missing adult cases, and police had no suspects, the Sentinel said.

"We are not ruling anything out," police spokesman Sgt. Jim Young said. "We want to find Michelle and bring her home safely."

Police said Parker was wearing a silver-cross necklace, jeans and a Florida Gator's hoodie with a zipper.

Her brother said he had received a text message from her iPhone at 4:26 p.m. Thursday, suggesting she was in the Waterford Lakes area, on the east side of the county, police said.

Her iPhone pinged near Belle Isle, more than 7 miles from where she was last seen at 8 p.m. Nov. 17, and her phone had powered down in the area and hasn't been recovered, police said.

On Friday, police found Parker's H3 Hummer in the parking lot of Walden Palms Apartments, but decals for her Glow mobile-tanning business had been removed.

Volunteers have been passing out fliers and T-shirts bearing Parker's photo and information about her disappearance.

Police ask anyone with information to call Crimeline at 800-423-8477.

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