A North Carolina couple are still on the run six weeks after the wife allegedly shot a co-worker dead following an argument over tables.
The United States Marshals Service (USMS) has offered a $10,000 reward for any information that will lead to the eventual capture of Eric and Tangela Parker.
Tangela Parker is wanted for the first degree murder of Phelifia Michelle Marlow, 51, while Eric Parker is wanted for accessory after-the-fact to first degree murder, authorities say.
The saga started in January when Tangela Parker and Marlow got into a fight over tables while working at furniture factory TCS Designs in Hickory, North Carolina.
Marlow filed a complaint with management and claimed Tangela Parker had screamed at her, Marlow’s husband Justin Marlow told WSOC-TV.
Management sent Parker home for three days but she allegedly returned to work at 2.30pm on January 13 and shot Marlow dead, before fleeing with her husband.
The United States Marshals Service (USMS) has offered a $10,000 reward for any information that will lead to the eventual capture of Eric and Tangela Parker
Tangela Parker is alleged to have shot and killed her coworker Phelifia Michelle Marlow, left, after an argument over tables
Police believe that the couple may be hiding out near the North Carolina-Tennessee border, FOX46 reports.
U.S. Marshal Deputy Commander Brian Alfano said: ‘I think there’s a good chance they’re somewhere in the mountain area — maybe even closer to the border between Tennessee or North Carolina side — but I think there is definitely a possibility that they are still in this area.’
According to a release from the USMS, the couple are considered ‘armed and dangerous.’
They were last seen driving a beige 2019 Honda CRV that has a North Carolina license plate with the tag FAM-5669.
Justin Marlow has asked that the Parkers turn themselves in to police, the outlet reported.
‘My wife was a loving, caring, strong, faithful woman and always seeing the best in everybody. Always look on the positive side no matter how bad things was,’ Marlow said.
Tangela Parker and her husband Eric Parker pictured. The couple are wanted in connection to the the murder of Tangela’s coworker
Local authorities said that Tangela Parker is wanted for the first degree murder while Eric Parker is wanted for accessory after-the-fact to first degree murder.
They were last seen driving a beige 2019 Honda CRV that has a North Carolina license plate with the tag FAM-5669
Sue Carpenter, a former coworker and friend of Marlow’s, told DailyMail.com that Marlow had previously suffered huge losses ‘but always came out stronger.’
‘[Michelle] has always been a very dedicated person in everything she did and most importantly in raising her daughter Makayla,’ Carpenter said.
‘She had a very positive attitude and forever gave people the benefit of the doubt, never gossiping or hurting anyone.’
Friends and family took to Facebook to mourn the loss in comments made to the Facebook post from Hickory police seeking help in tracking the suspects.
‘It’s so SAD. Michelle was a very sweet & loving person. She would do anything for anybody. I LOVE YOU MICHELLE,’ one friend wrote.
The shooting happened at TCS Designs, a furniture factory where Parker and Marlow worked
Another wrote: ‘I loved her so much. I am so very sorry. I hope that lady rots in hell.’
One woman said she grew up with Tangela Parker and described her family as ‘church-going people’.
Workers at TCS Designs said they heard at least two shots and that the furniture plant went on lockdown.
A representative for TCS Designs said the company had ‘no comment to provide at this time.’
- Anyone with information on the location of the couple can submit a confidential tip to 877-WANTED2 or www.usmarshals.gov/tips.