Authorities were expected to examine evidence in an episode of “The People’s Court” that aired Thursday after a woman who appeared on the show disappeared later that day, ABC News reports.
Michelle Parker, an Orlando, Fla., mother of three, vanished Thursday afternoon, the same day the show, taped about a month earlier, televised a heated dispute over money between Parker and her former fiance, Dale Smith, the story reports.
A search was under way today, focusing on an area in south Orlando where Parker’s phone was powered off Thursday night, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
The Sentinel story reports: “Parker, 33, was last heard from late Thursday afternoon, when a text message indicated she was in the Waterford Lakes area. Her Hummer sport-utility vehicle was found Friday on the west side of Orlando.”
Parker has 3-year-old twins and an 11-year-old son, according to reports.
The Sentinel adds: “She appeared on television Thursday with an ex-boyfriend who is the father of the twins. The couple had a tumultuous relationship that was at times violent. Family members think Parker was carjacked and do not think her ex-boyfriend was involved in her disappearance.”
The couple battled over a $5,000 engagement ring during the “People’s Court” appearance, ABC News reports. Parker was reportedly last seen dropping off the twins at Smith’s home.
ABC News reports: “Police gathered items from Smith’s home and searched the nearby woods, but have not gone so far as to call him a suspect or a person of interest.”
According to the ABC News piece, the “People’s Court” appearance revealed serious problems between Parker and Smith.
Parker is quoted as saying on the show: "He shouldn’t have put his hands on me and he shouldn’t have put his hands on me prior. He shouldn’t have left me three or four times over the past year and a half that we we’ve been together."