ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - Friday will mark six years since Michelle Parker dropped off her twins at their dad’s house and vanished.
“I think about Michelle probably 20 times a day. It’s never going to stop, that heart ache,” said Yvonne Stewart, Parker’s mom.
Orlando Police found Parker’s black Hummer abandoned and her phone at the bottom of a lake. Investigators say Parker’s ex, Dale Smith Jr. is the only suspect in her disappearance. To this day, there is still no sign of Parker or her body.
“No answers, nothing is new,” said Stewart.
That’s not Stewart’s only heart ache.
“January will be five years since we’ve seen the twins. I think about them every day,” said Stewart. “The father won’t let me, and he right now has that right. Even though my daughter is missing, I don’t have the right to see my grandchildren,” said Stewart.
She’s now been fighting for five years to see Taylor and Trey. In June 2015, with help from Florida lawmakers, Stewart got the grandparents rights act passed into law. The statute allows parents of missing, deceased, or incapacitated grown children the right to see their grandchildren. When her case against her daughter’s ex finally made it before a judge, “he dismissed it on grounds that we’re not even in the statute,” said Stewart.
That case is now sitting in the hands of the appeals court. Now, this grandma has new hope to see the twins, who turned 9 in May.
“I just found out that the Florida constitution is up for revision. This is the biggest hurdle and roadblock there is, is that a grandparents having the rights to ask under certain circumstances. Constitution has to be amended so it will allow grandparents visitations if it’s in the best interest of the children according to the state,” said Stewart.
Immediately, she started a Facebook campaign asking folks to call the Florida Constitution Revision Committee requesting that all grandparents get rights.
“We have to make the noise that’s how things happen,” said Stewart.
She doesn’t’ want to miss any more precious time with her growing grandkids.
“I don’t know if where they think their grandmother is or where their mother is or what happened,” said Stewart.
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