Police release video evidence in Michelle Parker case
ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -
It has been two years since an Orlando mother of three was last seen by friends and family.
Michelle Parker disappeared on Nov. 17, 2011 after she dropped off her two youngest children with their father, Dale Smith, Jr., at his home on Goldenrod Rd. Smith was the ex-fiancé of the 33-year-old.
On Monday, investigators released never-before-seen video of Parker's black Hummer. The video is taken from a traffic camera at the intersection of Conroy and Vineland roads, near where the vehicle was eventually located.
The video is time-stamped at 8:55 p.m., roughly 5 hours after Parker dropped off her children.
Earlier, around 4:30 p.m., Parker sent a text to her brother to say she was in the Waterford Lakes area in east Orange County.
The Hummer was found abandoned at an apartment complex off of Conroy Rd.; decals on the vehicle promoting her airbrush-tanning business had been removed. Her cellphone was later discovered underwater near a bridge in Belle Isle. Still, there was no trace of the missing woman.
"We're able to discount some of the sightings and concentrate on others, because we knew what the timeline was," said Detective Mike Moreschi with the Orlando Police Department.
Parker disappeared the same day as an airing of an episode of The People's Court, on which she and her ex-fiancé appeared to have settled a dispute over a $5,000 engagement ring.
Police have named Smith Jr. as the prime suspect in her disappearance, but he has not been charged with any crime. Back in March of this year, Parker's family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Dale Smith, Jr.
The lawsuit states that Smith Jr. was, "negligent, or otherwise committed a wrongful act and caused the death of Michelle L. Parker."
Detectives are hoping that the release of this latest video will renew interest and awareness in the case.