Michelle Parker, the Orlando mom who went missing after appearing on an episode of The People's Court, was involved in a domestic violence case with her ex-fiance, Dale Smith Jr., who has been name a suspect in her disappearance.
CFNews 13 is reporting that the domestic violence case dates to 2009 and that records show that Smith was previously convicted on drug and domestic battery charges.
Parker and Smith share 3-year-old twins.
Police told WESH 2 News that the children were living with Smith's family. The Florida Department of Children and Families has since released a statement reviewed by WESH 2 News, noting that the department is working with police to ensure the children are safe.
A child protection investigation was initiated after allegations of past domestic violence were reported to the agency through the abuse hotline, that statement read. This report was generated after the mother was reported missing to authorities.
Orlando police on Monday, named Smith, 40, as the primary suspect in the case of the missing mother. They made the announcement after a SWAT team searched his father's home where Smith reportedly often stayed.
Cops searched Smith's parents' home on Sunday night. However, they have not revealed any details of their findings, CNN is reporting.
Parker, 33, was last seen on Nov. 17 shortly after the television episode she and Smith taped months earlier was aired. She was reportedly driving a black Hummer SUV near Orlando. Her Hummer was found the day after she went missing.
Chief Paul Rooney told a news conference on Monday that there are no other suspects in the case and that Smith has refused to take a lie-detector test.
We had to look at every aspect in the case before we could come out publicly and state that Mr. Smith is our primary focus, Rooney said.
Reports are that the last anyone has heard of Parker was a brief text message to her brother.
Parker and Smith went to The People's Court to battle over who would get a $5,000 engagement ring. Judge Marilyn Milan suggested that the two split the proceeds, as both were equally responsible for the ring.
The Boston Herald has reported that Orlando lawyer Mark NeJame and his partner Rajan Joshi are representing Smith.