Photo of Michelle Lee Parker and a cross necklace she owned and was wearing at the time she went missing
Michelle Parker was a 32-year-old mother of twin children from Geneva who vanished from South Orlando, FL on November 17, 2011. She was last seen at approximately 4PM and her Black HC Hummer with has a glow logo on the back window, was found abandoned the following day at the 4700 Block of Walden Circle, which is a part of town she didn’t normally frequent. Many volunteers joined in with police and loved ones to search for the missing mother but she was never found.
Some might remember watching Michelle on an episode of People’s Court in front of Judge Marilyn Milian. The episode that Michelle appeared in — she was disputing having to pay for an engagement ring given to her by her then ex-fiance, Dale Smith, then 33. The episode (which can be seen here in a very low-quality recording), she was looking for $5,000 back for the engagement ring he gave Parker — which she threw over a hotel balcony in an alleged drunken fit of rage. Judge Milian decided that they should both bear the burden of the ring’s cost, while encouraging them to cooperate in the raising of their twins. Milian ruled in favor of Smith and awarded him $2,500. After the case the two were able to make statements. In the interview with Parker after the ruling, reporter Curt Chaplin described the relationship as a “fatal attraction,” and Michelle, visibly upset, swore the relationship was over.
Still-shot photo of Michelle on People’s Court
Photo of Dale Smith and Michelle during their relationship
Later that same day of the courtroom appearance Michelle’s brother received a one-word incoming text message from her cellphone, saying “Waterford,” which is a neighborhood in Orlando. Family members thought this was odd because Parker usually writes a lot, and sprinkles in emoticons in her texting. They didn’t receive anymore texts despite asking to explain further. She didn’t return the following day to her shift as a bartender and that’s when worried turned to panic.
Suspicion immediately turned on her ex-fiance who was supposedly one of the last known people to have seen her alive. He immediately became a person-of-interest however, police cleared him of any involvement, saying he has been very cooperative with the investigation and no evidence to indicate he had anything to do with her disappearance. Many still have their suspicion.
Click here for more information on Smith and his relationship to Michelle prior to her disappearance.
Michelle Parker Missing Person, a Facebook page created by loved ones who still seek out answers. The latest status update was posted on February 20, 2013.
I’m down on this side of town to check out vendors for my wedding .. I find my self wanting to throw up, cry and hit something all at the same time. Last time I was here my sisters face was plastered all over, and people were walking the streets searching for her. I miss her so much an she’s supposed to be here for days like this. But some dirt bag took her whole life away. I haven’t forgotten and will still Never Give Up..
Michelle Parker is described as a White female with straight brown hair, 5’6″ tall and a thin frame. She is now 34 years of age. She was last seen wearing jeans and a blue long-sleeved Florida Gators shirt.
A reward of over $5,000 is being offered for information leading to the recovery of Michelle or the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for her disappearance.
Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to please contact: Orlando Police Department (321) 235-5300 and/or Florida Crime Line 1-800-423-TIPS