Michelle Parker: Missing Mom's Fiance Has Domestic Battery Conviction

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Ex-Boyfriend of Missing Mom Once Convicted of Domestic Battery

Launer spoke to Parker on Thursday morning and knew that her friend was scheduled to bartend that night and was dropping the children off with Smith.

Parker's family began to realize something was amiss when her 11-year-old let the family know that he was home from school and his mom wasn't around.

"I'm here to tell you for a fact that she would never not come home to her 11-year-old son," Launer said. "She would never have taken off, done that to her brother, sister or mother... That's why we're crying every day. Every time it gets dark, that's another day that's gone by without her."

When Parker's brother Dustin texted Parker to ask where she was, he got a response immediately. It was one word: "Waterford." This message triggered a red flag for Launer.

"She would never have texted back 'Waterford.' Her texts are a book. In every text that she would send, she would have xo's, smiley faces, hearts," Launer said. "I personally do not think that was from her, not at all for one second, because she wouldn't have said that."

Parker's black Humvee was found the next day near the Mall at Millenia, about eight miles from the Waterford Lakes area.

Launer describes her friend as a dedicated mother and hard-worker who juggled three jobs to support her children, bartending, working a tanning business and as a hair dresser.

"She is an amazing person. She has a huge heart. When she walked into a room, she not only turned heads because of her looks, but because of her personality," Launer said through tears.

Police have no hard leads or suspects in the investigation, but Launer is hopeful.

"She is a fighter. She is strong-willed," Launer said. "She is a strong lady and wherever she may be, she's fighting to her home to her family."

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