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People's Court Missing Person

Ex-Fiance 'Primary Suspect'

11/28/2011 4:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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The ex-fiance of a woman who appeared on "The People's Court" has been named the primary suspect in her disappearance.

Orlando Police Chief Paul Rooney just announced Dale Smith is the target of the investigation.  Smith appeared with Michelle Parker on the show, arguing over the engagement ring.

Chief Rooney says Smith refused to take a polygraph test.

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Parker's mother, Yvonne Stewart, made a plea during the news conference:  "If you could have avoided this Dale, if you had cooperated with the police and took a polygraph test when they asked you, you could have avoided a lot of stress ... We're not going to stop until we find out who did this."

Smith has been missing since November 17, the day the show aired.

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Abe    

Only losers to on People's Court. That show hasn't been any good since Wapner left.

Maybe she got what she deserved.

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967 days ago
17.

.    

F her, she picked him. Pretty young girls always pick the loser F her good riddance

967 days ago
18.

anonymous    

The ex boyfriend, ex husband is always the killer. OJ Simpson killed Nicole Simpson, Kevin Klym killed Paula Sladewski. Dale Smith killed Michelle Parker. Go figure.

967 days ago
19.

Rita    

Hate this phrase but DUH, don't need a badge to figure this one out.

967 days ago
20.

Kaffee    

This is going to have a very sad and dark ending.

967 days ago
21.

Aggs    

Gee finally, the dead daughter's mother and father woke up. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that he is responsible for her disappearance. How shameful that two young children will never know a mother's love and their disgraceful father who is alive is responsible.

967 days ago
22.

ELLIE    

WHEN I FIRST HEARD ABOUT THIS I SAID ALL ALONG HE IS GUILTY AS THE DAY IS LONG. AND HE REFUSES TO TAKE A LIE DETECTOR TEST. HE EVEN LOOKS GUILTY.

967 days ago
23.

Ozzie X    

The guy/brother in the background looks like he is willing to take his justice. Horrible tragedy.

967 days ago
24.

bunny    

Somebody tell the blonde to shut up and wait her turn.

967 days ago
25.

beachgal    

Polygraphs are a great investigative tool for cops; innocent people usually submit to them to eliminate themselves to help the case. Says a lot that he refused it plus won't answer police questions or cooperate. He was court-martialed & dishonorably discharged from the Marines because of drugs and violence, sadly he probably killed her. :(

967 days ago
26.

Jeff Dranetz    

Harvey, I know you are executive producer of the show, like Doug Lewellen was in the begining. I hope you are giving the authorities complete access to the records, paperwork, video; aired and unaired.

967 days ago
27.

Papa D     

A polygraph doesn't mean anything. peoples tend to apply a lot of credibility towards those devises. When i was young i gave a polygraph to prove my innocence for a crime I was being accused. It indicated i was lying.. and more focus was directed towards me. After further analysis the machine focuses on your immediate reactions to the question. unfortunately for those that have an innocence to prove will react to those question its up to the test giver to interpret its meaning... again that doesn't mean ****... police overstep their boundaries by implying the test as an important factor.. People don't be mislead... that is why it is not admissible in court...

967 days ago
28.

AlanDare    

I have, unfortunately, met Dale a few times and he's even more of a jerk in the real world than he appears on TV. He thinks he's some sort of Cowboy and that he is God's gift to everyone. Considering how much he likes to run around with his shirt off, I imagine he'll have no trouble finding a date for the prison ball after he's convicted.

967 days ago
29.

jack-55d79    

If something is 99% accurate, approximately 1/100 tests have the wrong result. 99% is probably too high an accuracy for Polygraphs because they basically measure flight or flight responses. Most of the world doesn't use them for that reason:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polygraph#2003_National_Academy_of_Sciences_report
The actual book of the report can be downloaded for free here:
http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=10420
They're not useless, but I wouldn't take one even if I was innocent because 1/100 times even with the most accurate test it could label someone guilty, and it's likely less accurate than 99%.
So he may have avoided the test because of mens rea or because he knows (or his lawyer does) about the problems with polygraphs. Although, given his former relationship with the potential victim it makes him an obvious suspect. Avoiding a lie detector test is not necessarily a sign of guilt.
There's an amusing show in the UK called "The Jeremy Kyle Show", kind of a modern Jerry Springer, in which people regularly deny the validity of lie detector tests. And some of them may well be telling the truth (despite the fact the show regularly quotes 99% accuracy, which means 1/100 tests will be wrong by default, I suspect many Jeremy Kyle guests weren't aware of that).
I think polygraphs are useful but people who haven't looked into the actual science of them are often unaware of the problems.

967 days ago
30.

Joan K    

I saw that episode on People's Court and the first thing I thought was, I wouldn't want to cross this SOB, Guilty as the day is long.

967 days ago
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