An Orlando woman has gone missing following a tense appearance on "The People's Court," a television court show. ABC reports that Michelle Parker disappeared Thursday afternoon, the same day that an episode with Parker and her ex-fiancee aired.
Dale Smith, Parker's ex-fiancee, had sued Parker to retrive his engagement ring and the episode was filmed in October. While court shows can often seem odd and almost comical, Parker's disappearance is a very serious matter. ABC News on the search for the mother of three:
"Parker was last seen dropping off the couple's twins at Smith's home.
Her abandoned truck was found a day later.
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.
Parker's parents said they don't think that Smith is involved in their daughter's disappearance, according to ABC News affiliate WFTV.
'He (Smith) has fully cooperated,' said Yvonne Stewart, Parker's mother. 'They have found absolutely no evidence that there's any foul play on his part.'"
Parker's parents told WFTV Saturday night that they believe their daughter was the victim of a "random crime." WFTV reports that dozens of family members, friends, and volunteers have conducted their own searches for Parker.
Texas Equusearch, well known in Central Florida for it's Caylee Anthony searches, is expected be in Orlando to begin it's own search for Parker.
During the episode of The People's Court, Parker spoke about the couple's rocky relationship."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've been together," she said on the show.
A Washington D.C. homicide investigator and current homicide consultant told ABC that the show could provide clues for investigators.
"You know it's always possible that anytime you have a public display of animosity between two individuals in a relationship, it's going to exacerbate the problems between those two individuals," said Rod Wheeler.
The Daily Mail notes that Parker sent a mysterious text message to her brother about 4:30 p.m. saying she was in the Waterford Lakes area of Orlando. When investigators tracked her cell phone, they found she was never near there.
Youtube video of Parker's television appearance: