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'People's Court' Mom Michelle Parker Missing: Police Name Ex-Fiance As Primary Suspect

First Posted: 11/28/11 09:24 PM ET   Updated: 11/29/11 11:31 PM ET

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Orlando's police chief says a former fiancé is the primary focus of the investigation into a woman who went missing after appearing on "The People's Court" with the suspect to resolve a dispute over a $5,000 engagement ring.

Thirty-three-year-old Michelle Parker of Orlando was last seen Nov. 17. It was the day the previously taped episode aired of the case between her and 40-year-old Dale Smith. The abandoned SUV of the mother of three was found the next day.

Chief Paul Rooney said at a news conference Monday that Smith of Orlando is the probe's focus and there are no other suspects.

He says Smith has refused to take a lie-detector test. The Orlando Sentinel reports that court papers show the couple has a history of violence.

Attempts to find a telephone listing for Smith were unsuccessful.

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This undated photo provided by the Orlando Police Department, shows Michelle Parker. Family members believe that Parker was carjacked shortly after her appearance on "The People's Court" show last Thursday Nov. 18, 2011 in Orlando, Fla. (Orlando Police Dept. / AP)
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Chief Paul Rooney said at a news conference Monday that Smith of Orlando is the probe's focus and there are no other suspects.

He says Smith has refused to take a lie-detector test. The Orlando Sentinel reports that court papers show the couple has a history of violence.

Attempts to find a telephone listing for Smith were unsuccessful.

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