Michelle Parker's family believes they are close to breakthrough in search

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ORLANDO, Florida (WKMG) - Crews continued their efforts Tuesday in the search for a mother of three as investigators announce they still consider this to be a missing person case.

The Orlando Police Department held a news conference Tuesday morning to announce it has no new leads in its search for Michelle Parker, 33.

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That was the first time investigators spoke publicly regarding their investigation into Parker's disappearance since the search for her began Friday.

Investigators said they have found some items, but they still cannot find Parker's cellphone. Parker's Hummer H3 was found over the weekend.

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Parker went missing Thursday after dropping off her 3-year-old twins, and less than two hours after an episode of "People's Court" aired that she appeared in with her ex-boyfriend, Dale Smith, who is also the father of the twins.

Her boyfriend, Nathan Mitchell, said his emotions have run the gamut.

"Lot of pain, lot of anger, lot of emotions," said Mitchell.

Mitchell said he talked and texted Parker several times Thursday, the last time at 3:15 p.m.

Search crews are spread across Orange County to search for Parker, including crews who are scouring an area near Wedgefield in east Orange County.

Crews have already searched an area near the Jesse Black Saloon on Oak Ridge Road, and another group also traveled to the Walden Palms condos on Vineland Road, which is where Parker's Hummer was recovered by police.

Volunteers guided by the family also searched the Belle Isle area in Orange County on Tuesday. Volunteers said they were trying to cross off all areas in south Orlando in the search for Parker.

Parker's mom, Yvonne Stewart, made rounds Tuesday morning on several national talk shows to bring attention to the case.

She has said she believes her daughter may have been abducted or kidnapped and could still be alive.

"My daughter's life is so important to me, I love her with all my heart and soul. she would be here doing the exact same thing for me. I'm not stopping 'til we bring her home. I feel very close that within the next day, maybe even today, we're going to find a clue," Stewart said.

Stewart said she has received a big tip regarding Parker's car, but police would not comment on any new information.

Investigators have not named Smith as a person of interest and say he has cooperated with their efforts.

OPD said it has 16 officers, as well as help from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, dedicated to finding Parker.

Parker was described as a white woman, about 5 feet 6 inches tall with short dark brown hair.

Anyone with information about Parker's whereabouts is urged to call the Orlando Police Department at 321-235-5300.

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