Fundraiser Held For Missing Orlando Area Woman

SANFORD (CBSMiami/AP) – A benefit was held Saturday to raise funds to increase the search efforts for an Orlando area woman who disappeared after appearing on the “The People’s Court.”

Hundreds of supports attended the fundraiser for Michelle Parker, 33, which included a monster truck and ATV show. Organizers said the money collected will go to a trust to help find Parker and support her children.

Last week investigators confirmed that they recovered Parker’s cell phone. They declined, however, to say where it was found or what information they may have taken from it.  Parker’s family members hope a text message or a phone call will lead investigators to more information on her disappearance.

Parker hasn’t been seen or heard from since November 17, the day she, along with her ex-fiance Dale Smith, appeared on a previously-recorded episode of “The People’s Court”. Her abandoned SUV was found the next day.

The couple appeared on the reality show to resolve a dispute over a $5,000 engagement ring.
Police consider Smith, who refused to take a polygraph test, their prime suspect.

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