published Saturday, October 9th, 2010

Theresa Parker laid to rest

Crowds of friends gathered this afternoon at LaFayette Cemetery in Georgia to help the family mourn and say goodbye as murder victim Theresa Parker was laid to rest.

“We want to say thanks to everyone for all their prayers. Our family will be eternally grateful to the community,” said Jon Wilson, Parker’s brother in-law.

The remains of Parker, the former Walker County 911 dispatcher who has been missing since 2007, were found in Chattooga County on Sept. 20 and given back to her family last week.

In 2009, Parker’s husband, former LaFayette, Ga., city police officer Sam Parker, was convicted of killing her, even though her body had not been found. He is serving a life term in prison.

For complete details, read tomorrow’s Times Free Press.

about Joy Lukachick Smith...

Joy Lukachick Smith is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Since 2009, she's covered crime and court systems in North Georgia and rural Tennessee, landed an exclusive in-prison interview with a former cop convicted of killing his wife, exposed impropriety in an FBI-led, child-sex online sting and exposed corruption in government agencies. Earlier this year, Smith won the Malcolm Law Memorial Award for Investigative Reporting. She also won first place in ...

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