'People's Court' Defendant Missing After Appearing on Show
Michelle Parker went on the syndicated series to battle an ex-boyfriend over an engagement ring.
About 40 volunteers joined Orlando police Monday to help search for Michelle Parker, a mother of three who disappeared after appearing on an episode of The People's Court last week.
Parker went on the syndicated show to battle Dale Smith, her ex-boyfriend and father of her three-year-old twin sons, over a $5000 engagement ring that she allegedly threw over a balcony during an argument.
She was last seen in Orlando on Thursday, the same day her episode aired. Her SUV was found Friday on the west side of the city.
Her mother, Yvonne Stewart, is part of the search effort and told the Orlando Sentinel, "She shouldn't be where she is right now. She is somewhere scared. Somebody has her. We forgive you. Please turn her loose."
Stewart has also said that Parker was unhappy that she went public with her dispute with Smith. According to an ABC News interview with Stewart, Parker told her that the show "was the most humiliating experience of my life. I don't even ever want to see it. I wish I had never gone."
Though Parker and Smith reportedly had a sometimes violent relationship, police do not consider him a suspect in the case presently.
Volunteers, including members of the non-profit recovery group Texas Equusearch, have distributed an estimated 20,000 fliers concerning Parker.
A spokesperson for The People's Court said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, "We hope for Michelle Parker's safe return."