Police continue search for missing mom

Woman's necklace could be key piece of evidence

Published On: Nov 23 2011 11:33:23 AM EST   Updated On: Nov 23 2011 11:31:17 PM EST
ORLANDO, Fla. -

The Orlando Police Department says the cross necklace worn by Nicole Parker in the above image could be a key piece of evidence.

Parker, 33, has been missing since Thursday afternoon and her family confirmed with police that she was wearing the necklace when she went missing. Investigators are asking everyone, even pawn shops, to look out for the piece of jewelry.

Parker's mother, Yvonne Stewart said she sat down with detectives Tuesday night for about 30 minutes and is impressed with the number of tips coming in.

She also went through her daughter's jewelry box and discovered a missing ring. The ring has a pink stone with a gold band. The necklace, a studded cross with a silver chain, are two distinct pieces of jewelry that family members are asking the public to be on the lookout for.

Parker went missing after dropping off her 3-year-old twins, and less than two hours after an episode of "People's Court" aired that she appeared in with her ex-boyfriend, Dale Smith, who is also the father of the twins.

Her boyfriend, Nathan Mitchell, said his emotions have run the gamut.
"Lot of pain, lot of anger, lot of emotions," said Mitchell.

Mitchell said he talked and texted Parker several times Thursday, the last time at 3:15 p.m.

Search crews are spread across Orange County to search for Parker, including crews who are scouring an area near Wedgefield in east Orange County.

Crews have already searched an area near the Jesse Black Saloon on Oak Ridge Road, and another group also traveled to the Walden Palms condos on Vineland Road, which is where Parker's Hummer was recovered by police.

Investigators have not named Smith as a person of interest and say he has cooperated with their efforts.

OPD said it has 16 officers, as well as help from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, dedicated to finding Parker.

Parker was described as a white woman, about 5 feet 6 inches tall with short dark brown hair.

Anyone with information about Parker's whereabouts is urged to call the Orlando Police Department at 321-235-5300.