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DNA could provide clue in West Tenn. woman's disappearance

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COVINGTON, TN (WMC-TV) - It has been nearly two years since former Covington resident Marcie Smith disappeared from a shopping center near her new home in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.  Now, DNA evidence could be the link needed to solve the mystery of Smith's disappearance.

Last December, Murfreesboro police and the FBI combed the river bottoms of Lauderdale County looking for any sign of Smith.  An anonymous map mailed to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation lead police a rural area. 

"It's bad enough to lose my wife after 50 years of marriage, and then I thought they were looking for her, trying to find her, but they were just waiting to accuse me," said Marcie's husband, Palmer Smith.

Palmer Smith found himself in a Rutherford County courtroom earlier this week, where a judge ordered him to submit a blood sample.  Smith said that sample will be used against him in the case involving his missing wife.

"Let's do it," he said. "I have nothing to hide on DNA."

In December 2007, Marcie's Lincoln Navigator was found on the parking lot of a Murfreesboro Wal-Mart.  Surveillance video shows a man removing a bicycle from the rear of the SUV and then riding away.  Many believe that man is Palmer Smith.

"I cannot believe I'm being accused of her disappearance," he said.

Investigators plan to compare Smith's blood with DNA found in Marcie Smith's SUV.  Officials said DNA was also found on the map mailed to the TBI.

Even though no evidence of Marcie Smith was found during the ground search last year, the prosecution hopes these new developments will tell them whether or not Palmer Smith mailed that map to himself.

No one knows whether Marcie Smith is dead or alive.

Action News Five tried to reach attorneys on both sides of the case, but we haven't heard back. Murfreesboro police wouldn't comment on the investigation, either.


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