Million dollar bond set for suspect in murder case with no body

A convicted felon charged with the murder of a missing mother was in court on Monday for a bond hearing. More than three months after the woman went missing, police have yet to find her body.

WITN spoke to Gregory Parks' attorney after the hearing, who contends his client is innocent. However, police say Parks was the last one with Isabel Palacios.

The 57-year-old Parks walked into the courtroom smiling and in shackles, while the 20-year-old victim's family sat on the other side of the courtroom.

Parks' attorney Tom Sallenger asked Judge Russell Duke for a $25,000 bond, saying there was no proof that the 20-year-old was actually dead and that he wasn't a flight risk.

"Our position was the last time we saw her, she was very much alive and she walked away," says Sallenger.

But an assistant district attorney said Palacios was last seen alive at the man's Ward Boulevard home, and brought up Parks' extensive criminal record which includes manslaughter and attempted rape convictions.

Judge Duke set Parks' bond at $1 million.

Sallenger says the state has a lot of work to do to prove his client is guilty.

"We're going to hold the state to that burden of proof," says Sallenger. "Beyond a reasonable doubt of each and every element. I think it's very, very significant that there is no body. Does that mean she's alive, she disappeared, did she leave? That's the big test is going to be in this case."

The prosecution presented a lab report to the court on Monday. It shows DNA found in Parks' bedroom, taken from a shirt and exterior window, matched Palacios' DNA. It's hard to say what that means since both sides have remain tight lipped. Search warrants of Parks' home are also sealed.

Prosecutors say they are not seeking the death penalty.

An administrative hearing is set for December 18.


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A judge set a $1 million bond for a man accused in the murder of a missing woman whose body has never been found.

Gregory Parks was in a Wilson County courtroom this afternoon. He was arrested on August 19th for the murder of Isabel Palacios after the woman was last seen alive on July 30th.

Parks' attorney asked Judge Russell Duke for a $25,000 bond, saying there was no proof that the 20-year-old was actually dead.

But an assistant district attorney said Palacios was last seen alive at the man's Ward Boulevard home, and brought up Parks' extensive criminal record which includes manslaughter and attempted rape convictions. Just last year the state Court of Appeals overturned his conviction for participating in the prostitution of a minor.

A lab report was submitted as evidence during the hearing by the state, but its contents were not read out loud. WITN is working on obtaining a copy of that report from the court clerk.

The state wanted a bond between $5 million and $10 million.

Prosecutors said they are not seeking the death penalty against Parks.


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A man charged with the murder of a woman, who police say is still missing, has his bond hearing Monday.

That's according to his attorney. Wilson police charged Gregory Parks with murdering 20 year old Isabel Palacios.

Officers say she was last seen at Parks' home on Ward Boulevard on July 30th.

They still haven't found her body, but have charged Parks with probable cause.

Parks, who is a convicted felon, remains in the Edgecombe County jail.


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A vigil was held Sunday to remember a Wilson County woman who has now been missing for over a month.

Family and friends gathered in front of the Wilson County Courthouse to light candles and to pray for answers.

Authorities say the 20-year-old was last seen at convicted felon Gregory Parker's home July 31. Police presume she is dead, and have arrested 56-year-old Parks for kidnapping and murder.

Family previously said they were holding out hope that the young woman would be found alive, despite police charging Parks with her murder.

Meanwhile, Parks' probable cause hearing is scheduled for October.

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The probable cause hearing for a man charged with the murder of a missing woman has been pushed back to October.

Gregory Parks is charged with the first degree murder of 20-year-old Isabel Palacios. Wilson Police have said they are still looking for her body after they say she was last seen at Parks wilson home on Ward Boulevard July 30th.

Tom Sallenger, defense attorney for Parks, says he will request a secured $25,000 bond at the probable cause hearing in October. The 56-year-old is currently being held under no bond at the Edgecombe County Jail.

Sallenger says he's filed several motions in an attempt to protect his client's rights and to learn more about the investigation.

"I have asked the state to provide me with information concerning his case, any evidence they have, any ballistics they have that is applicable, any evidence they have as far as DNA evidence, blood evidence, any kind of hair and fiber evidence, any evidence of any sort so that I can go through it, assess it and determine whether or not I believe there is any evidence in this case against my client," said Sallenger Tuesday morning.

Wilson Police haven't said why they believe Palacios is dead but they continue to guard Parks' house that is surrounded by crime scene tape.



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The family of a missing woman filled a Wilson County courtroom this morning for the first appearance of a man charged with her murder.

Relatives of Isabel Palacios continue to hold out hope that she is alive, despite police charging Greg Parks with her murder.

Parks is a convicted felon who Wilson police say was the last person to see 20-year-old Isabel Palacios alive. He was charged with her murder and kidnapping on Wednesday.

"I can't say it's closure...I can say maybe some relief," said Gloria Cortez, the victim's aunt. "He's not out there maybe hurting, still hurting her or someone else. It's not closure until we find her. She's still missing."

The family reported the woman missing on August 4th. She was last seen by them on July 30th when the woman left to visit Parks at his Ward Boulevard home. "We couldn't understand why she be at that house, we still can't understand," said the aunt. "We still don't believe she was there because she wanted to be there."

Police say they are continuing to search for Palacios' body, and have not said why they believe the woman is dead. "We're just hoping that if anybody knows or if she can hear me or us, to know that we are doing our best to find her," Cortez told WITN.

Parks wore an orange "Nash County Jail" jumpsuit and was shackled for his brief court appearance Friday morning. Some ten deputies stood guard around him.

When asked if he wanted a court appointed attorney, he told the judge, "I'm broke, so I'm going to need one."

The judge kept him under no bond and set September 1st as his probable cause hearing.


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Wilson police say a man has been arrested and charged with murder in the disappearance of a Bailey woman earlier this month.

Police have charged Greg Parks with one count of first degree murder and one count of first degree kidnapping.

Police searched Parks' home days after 20-year-old Isabel Palacios was reported missing by her family August 4th.

Palacios was last seen at Parks' home. He's a convicted felon.

Police say they have not located Palacios' body yet, but the search continues.

A warrant says Parks kidnapped the woman for the "purpose of facilitating the commission of a felony (first degree rape)."

Police Chief Thomas Hopkins said, "I want to express my appreciation of Wilson Police Department personnel and the various other local, state, and federal agencies that assisted with this investigation. I also want to express my appreciation for the overwhelming support and assistance from our community residents. This investigation is far from over and we intend to use all appropriate means in continuing this investigation. I want to encourage anyone with any information relating to this case or similar cases to please call us. We intend to do all we can to ensure the safety of everyone in our community. We will utilize all law enforcement and non-law enforcement partners and resources at our disposal; and around the clock, to remove dangerous offenders from our community."

Anyone with information on this investigation is encouraged to call the Wilson Police Department or the Wilson Crime stoppers 252-243-2255.

Parks remains in jail and is expected to face a judge Friday morning.


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The family of a missing Nash County woman continues to hold out hope that she will be found safe.

Wilson police say Isabel Calvo Palacios was reporting missing Tuesday, but was last seen by friends at a home on Ward Boulevard Friday afternoon.

The man who lives at that address, Greg Parks, is a convicted felon who says he is cooperating with police.

"We're frustrated and we got confused, because we never heard of her saying anything about that man," says Francesca Ramirez, the victim's aunt. "He's not her age."

In a statement Thursday night, Wilson Police said the department's Forensic Unit was still processing evidence at Parks' home, but that "there have been no major developments in the investigation to report."

Palacios, 20, lives with her mother, father and brother at their home in Bailey.

Family said Thursday she goes by "Chaveli."

Dominga Palacios told WITN she last heard from her daughter Thursday night around 7:00 p.m. when she left the house.

"She said, 'I'll be right back.' She was not going to take long."

The family says they will be searching for her around the house in Wilson.

Meanwhile, police say they will release new information when it becomes available.


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The family of a missing Nash County woman continues to hold out hope that she will be found safe.

Wilson police say Isabel Calvo Palacios was reporting missing Tuesday, but was last seen by friends at a home on Ward Boulevard Friday afternoon.

The man who lives at that address, Greg Parks, is a convicted felon who says he is cooperating with police.

Palacios, 20, lives with her mother, father and brother at their home in Bailey.

Dominga Palacios told WITN she last heard from her daughter Thursday night around 7:00 p.m. when she left the house.

An aunt, Francesca Ramirez, says they reported her missing after receiving messages from other people asking if she was okay because they heard she was hurt and could be hospitalized.

The family contacted several hospitals, but no one knew of her whereabouts. They also have spoken to the woman's boyfriend who also doesn't know where she is.

Both the mother and aunt says they don't know how Palacios knows Parks, saying have never heard of him.

The family says they will be searching for her around the house in Wilson.


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Police are searching a house of a convicted felon where a missing woman was last seen some five days ago.

Wilson police say Isabel Calvo Palacios was reporting missing Tuesday, but was last seen by friends at a home on Ward Boulevard Friday afternoon.

Greg Parks, who has been arrested more than 100 times in the past 22 years, lives at the home.

Police got a search warrant Tuesday night for the home and detectives will remain there "for an extended period of time."

Parks told WTVD in Durham that the woman came over to his house Thursday, and that she partied there and stayed the night.

The man says he has nothing to do with her disappearance, and is cooperating with police.

Parks has been convicted of multiple offenses, including manslaughter and attempted rape. Just last year the state Court of Appeals overturned his conviction for participating in the prostitution of a minor.

Parks told WTVD that Palacios' car is in the driveway of his home,

The missing woman is also no stranger to law enforcement. Records show Palacios has drug charges pending in Nash County for felony possession of heroin and misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Palacios is approximately 5'2" tall, weighs approximately 110 pounds, has brown hair, possibly with highlights, and brown eyes.

Friends and family say the woman routinely carries a black purse with a black bow on it.

Anyone who knows the whereabouts of Palacios is urged to call the Wilson Police Department at 252-399-2323 or Wilson Crime Stoppers at 252-243-2255.