Six years ago to the day — Nov. 17, 2011 — a “People’s Court” prerecorded episode featuring a contentious ex-couple from Florida aired.
Michelle Parker and Dale Wayne Smith were fighting over a lost engagement ring. He asked for the ring back; she threw it at him and it went flying over a balcony, never to be seen again.
In the end, the judge and star of the show, Marilyn Milian of Coral Gables, ruled that each should pay half of the $5,000 ring. Smith wasn’t happy, he told the court reporter on the show.
Hours after the show aired in November — it was taped in August — Parker disappeared.
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An Orlando police detective said her former fiancé remains the prime suspect, although he denies involvement. He has custody of their 9-year-old twin boys.
“His status has not changed over the last six years,” Det. Michael Moreschi of the Orlando Police Department told Fox News. “He’s an uncharged suspect in the case. There’s no probable cause to arrest him.”
Parker, who lived in Geneva in Seminole County, near Orlando, was last seen around 2 p.m. at Smith’s Carter Glen condominium in Orlando, according to Fox News. She was dropping off their sons.
The mother of three (a child from a previous relationship) failed to show up for her job as a bartender in Sanford a little while later. Her brother, Dustin, received a one-word text after asking her where she was. It just read “Waterford.”
The pithy message raised suspicions.
“There is no way that she left [the area] voluntarily, or that she left without a fight,” said Moreschi. “Her children were her life.”
Parker’s iPhone pinged off a tower in a different direction from Waterford, an Orlando-area shopping mall; it was later discovered in a lake about four miles from Smith’s home.
Her Hummer was found days later near an apartment complex near an Orlando mall.
Her body has never been found.
A Facebook page has been set up by her family and friends to share any information.
If you know anything about the case, call 800-423-TIPS. You don’t have to give your name, and you may be eligible for an award.