Wayne Ivey Named to Special Team Reviewing Orlando Missing Mom Case
ORLANDO, Florida -- Wayne Ivey, candidate for Brevard County Sheriff, is part of a special team assembled to review evidence and information in the disappearance of 34-year-old Orlando mother Michelle Parker.
Parker, who has three children, disappeared in November on the same day that she and her ex-fiancé were seen in an episode of “The People’s Court,” arguing over a missing engagement ring. The ex-fiancé, father of Parker’s twins, has been considered a suspect, but has not been charged. Parker’s vehicle and cell phone have been recovered.
The team of more than 20 current and former law enforcement officers met last week and plans to meet again. The team was assembled by the Orlando Police Department and FDLE and included law enforcement experts from various fields, to include crime scene investigations and crime lab resources.
A former Resident Agent in Charge from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Wayne Ivey was a co-developer of the concept of S.M.A.R.T., or Specialized Multi-Agency Review Team, which may be deployed in “cold cases.” Ivey stated, "By utilizing experts in their field from various agencies to review and analyze cold case homicides and missing person cases, we are able to develop new ideas and strategies that may solve the case, find the missing person, and bring closure for the family and friends."
Ivey was supervisor of the Violent Crime Squad when he helped create S.M.A.R.T., targeted at revisiting unsolved homicides in Central Florida. In S.M.A.R.T., “outsiders” and “insiders” in an investigation go over all aspects of a case in the hopes that “fresh” eyes will lead to results. The program saw immediate success by solving the first three cases in Central Florida that were presented. The S.M.A.R.T. program was also used in Brevard County and is credited with helping solve several cold case homicides.
When asked about S.M.A.R.T., Ivey stated, "It was designed to provide additional resources, through partnerships, to agencies that could not work cold cases. The concept was also to give a fresh set of eyes to the case so that tunnel vision would not control the case. New technology and developments in DNA were also considered in developing the program." Since its initial success, S.M.A.R.T. has been used throughout Florida and was recognized with a statewide award for team concept, innovation, and cost saving measures.