Husband of Missing 911 Operator Says She Ran Off After Having Affair

The husband of Georgia 911 dispatcher Theresa Parker, who has been missing for two months, says he had nothing to do with his wife's disappearance and thinks she ran off after having an affair.

"She got caught in a mess and imploded," Sam Parker told FOX affiliate WAGA during his first interview since Theresa, his wife of 14 years, vanished on March 21.

Sam Parker said he believes his wife fled Georgia after getting caught in an extra marital affair and said he did not harm her. He said he thinks he knows where his estranged wife is and he believes she is still alive.

"I think I know where but I'll just let it go at that; if she's happy, fine," Parker told WAGA's Tony Thomas.

Click here to read the WAGA story and to watch the video.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation, which has taken the lead in the case, considers Sam Parker a "person of interest," but has not said so publicly.

"It's against our policy to comment on suspects and we don't use the term 'person of interest,'" GBI spokesman John Bankhead told on Wednesday.

Asked whether investigators believe Sam Parker's story that Theresa ran off on her own, Bankhead said: "Based on what we know and based on what we know about her, we don't think that's the case."

Investigators checked out whether Theresa Parker was seeing another man but they "didn't find anything concrete on that issue," Bankhead said.

The Walker County 911 dispatcher, last was seen March 21. She and her husband, a police officer with the LaFayette Police Department for 26 years, were divorcing. At the time of Theresa Parker's disappearance, her husband was already was out of the house and she was moving to a neighboring town. She was reported missing after she failed to show up for work. Family members said she had no plans to go on any sort of trip.

Sam Parker said police have conducted five search warrants at his house and his credit cards, weapons and a safe were all seized. He said friends have even been told not to talk with him.

"I was just instantly accused and convicted and tried, you know, they were ready to lynch me in this town," he told WAGA. "I've been 'Wacoed', I've been 'Ruby Ridged' by the FBI — and that's, I know that's the way it is."

Sam Parker told WAGA his estranged wife left just days after he gave her $3,000 to pay off credit card bills and just days before he was supposed to give her $20,000 as part of their divorce agreement.

"I did not ever want to harm her, ever. And I never did," he said.

Up until April 13, Sam Parker was on unpaid suspension from his job while the investigation continued. But on that date, he was fired from his job after explosives were found in his locker. Lafayette Public Safety Director Tommy Freeman said the firing had nothing to do with Theresa Parker's disappearance.

At this point, investigators aren't hopeful she will be found alive. Searches have been conducted all around Walker County. Police traced her last phone call to relatives from a cell-phone tower in the county and focused many of their efforts there.

"We just don't know where she is," Bankhead told "We think obviously that she's not alive, that's our opinion."

Bankhead said the GBI is actively pursuing the case, but so far nothing has pointed to where Theresa may be. The FBI, Walker County sheriff's office and local police department also are involved. A gag order has been placed on investigators by the district attorney's office to prevent them from talking too much about the case.

"We're trying to find out as much as we can right now," Bankhead said. "With any missing persons case, you find out as much as you can about the person."

The only person arrested in connection with the case, Herbin Chaffin, is being charged with lying to GBI investigators about the case; he made bond. Bankhead would not comment about what specifically Chaffin, who worked with Sam Parker, lied.

Meanwhile, Walker County District Attorney Herbert "Buzz" Franklin recused himself from the case. Many of the people being interviewed about Theresa Parker's disappearance are police officers, since they worked closely with her and her husband.

In an April 5 letter to the state attorney general, Franklin revealed that people in his office had close working and personal relationships with Sam Parker.

The letter, posted online by the Rome News-Tribune, also states that: "Evidence gathered so far by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Walker County Sheriff’s Office suggests Theresa Parker may have been killed by Sam Parker although no body has been found."

Floyd County District Attorney Leigh Patterson is now prosecuting the case.

Theresa Parker's family and friends have raised about $4,000 for any information on her whereabouts.

Click here to read Franklin's letter