9 years since Michelle Parker’s disappearance her family is still seeking answers

Parker last seen dropping off kids after TV reality show episode aired

ORLANDO, Fla. – Orlando mother Michelle Parker disappeared nine years ago Tuesday after appearing on a reality TV show, and she is still missing.

Parker, then 33, was last seen on Nov. 17, 2011, after an episode of “The People’s Court” aired. The show featured her and her ex-fiance, Dale Smith Jr., in a dispute over a missing engagement ring.

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Parker was last seen dropping off her two youngest children at Smith’s home.

Parker’s SUV was found the next day, but she has not been found.

Records show Smith as the only person of interest in the case, but he has never been charged.

Since her disappearance, several searches have been performed in retention ponds and other areas in Orange and Brevard counties.

On the anniversary of her disappearance Parker’s familt and Orlando Police Chief Orlando Rolon discussed the questions they are still trying to answer.

“It’s been a long nine years and the hurt does not go away,” Brad Parker, Michelle’s father said.

Gayle Parker, Michelle’s stepmother, said the 33-year-old mom was last seen with her children at her ex’s house.

“She went to drop the twins off to him then she was going to work later on that day. She wanted to go home and take a nap from my understanding and that was the end of the that,” Gayle Parker said.

The case is still active.

“He is someone that is of interest in this investigation, but again, ultimately I think there maybe someone out there who has some specific information that will help us close this case,” Rolon said.

Anyone with information concerning Parker’s whereabouts is asked to call Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS.

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Daniel started with WKMG-TV in 2000 and became the digital content manager in 2009. When he's not working on ClickOrlando.com, Daniel likes to head to the beach or find a sporting event nearby.

Ezzy Castro is a multimedia journalist on News 6's morning team who has a passion for telling the stories of the people in the Central Florida community. Ezzy worked at WFOR CBS4 in South Florida and KBMT in Beaumont, Texas, where she covered Hurricane Harvey in 2017. Being from Miami, Ezzy loves Cuban coffee and croquetas!