TODAY | November 17, 2012
>>> now to the case of a missing florida mother we've been telling you about. michelle parker was last seen a year ago today, the same day she and the father of her children appeared on an episode of "the people's court." now her families is reflecting on the year since she's disappeared. nbc's mark potter has the story.
>> reporter: another search this month for orlando mom michelle parker . missing for a year now with no approvable explanation for her disappearance, no trace of her whereabouts. parker vanished the day her pre-taped appearance on "the people's court" tv show aired publicly. she was on the show arguing with her ex-fiance dale smith over the cost of a missing engagement ring . smith is the father of two of parker 's children and is the last known person to have seen her alive after she dropped off the kids at his house. this devastates her mother.
>> i describe it as being at a funeral every single day. every hour of every day. and it never goes away. you can't get away from it, as hard as you try.
>> reporter: parker 's family became concerned when she failed to show up for work at a restaurant in nearby sanford, florida. the next day her hummer was found at a parking lot in southeast orlando , and three weeks later her iphone was recovered at an orlando lake. a spokesman for the orlando police department says the lead suspect in the case is still dale smith , the ex-fiance. although no charges have been filed. and smith denies any involvement in parker 's disappearance. police say currently there are no updates in the case, but also say the investigatoion is still active and that the department will continue to support the family in search efforts in hopes of locating michelle . lauren erickson is parker 's sister and keeps her room filled with her sister's belongings.
>> she'll never get dressed up and go out and be with her friends and family which she loved to do. nothing will ever make it right. nothing will ever make it easier.
>> reporter: for the family, the hardest part is having to explain the disappearance to her children.