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Felon charged in death of missing Wilson woman

Posted August 19, 2015
Updated August 20, 2015

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— Wilson police have charged Gregory K. Parks, 56, with the death of Isabel Calvo Palacios, 20, who has been missing since July 31.

Parks, a felon, was arrested Wednesday and charged with one count of first-degree murder and one count of first-degree kidnapping. He is currently being held without bond at the Wilson County Jail.

Police have not yet located Palacios’ body.

“We are continuing to search for this young lady,” said Captain Kendra Howell.

Parks was previously convicted by a Wilson County jury in 2013 on two counts of participating in the prostitution of a minor. He was released from prison 27 years early after the North Carolina Court of Appeals overturned the convictions, citing lack of evidence.

He has several other previous convictions including manslaughter and attempted first-degree and second-degree rape.

Palacios was las seen by friends at Parks’ home at 4710 Ward Boulevard on July 31, according to police. Anyone with information about her whereabouts should call Wilson Crime Stoppers at 252-243-2255.

According to Captain Eric Smith, police are investigating other cases that might be tied to alleged criminal activity at Park’s home.

Police Chief Thomas Hopkins released a statement early Thursday thanking community members for their help during the investigation.

"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," he said.

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  • Wayne R Douglas III Aug 20, 2015
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    That's exactly my thought. There is no body, there is no crime scene. How can a charge be brought?

  • Jim Murphy Aug 20, 2015
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    Somebody gonna look a fool when she shows up newly married in Reno.

  • Wayne R Douglas III Aug 20, 2015
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    While I completely agree that this dude should be in prison, his conviction was overturned, and it was done legally. If you have a problem with him being out of prison, don't re-elect this judge.

    What I am having a problem with, is that the cops have arrested him and charged him with murder. They cannot find this woman's body, which is the number one piece of evidence needed. Unless there are pictures or videos showing that this crime has actually occurred, or eye witnesses who make sworn statements, I fail to see just how this dude can be legally arrested and charged. It seems to me that the cops and the DA, are giving his lawyers more ammunition, with which to help him on this case, just as it did on the last case.

  • Roy Hinkley Aug 20, 2015
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    I fail to see how the panel of judges on the Court of Appeals are either corrupt or activists.

  • Dan May Aug 20, 2015
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    Our fine criminal justice system allows a another dangerous career criminal to prey on society despite numerous chances to put him away. And another innocent life lost due to corrupt, activist judges.... Sad.

  • Arron Lee Aug 20, 2015
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    OK, so no mention of race for both suspect and victim. Yes, they show photos but the media usually states the race. Should have read, "Black felon charged in death of Hispanic woman."

  • Gabrielle Williams Aug 20, 2015
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    27 years early?? Who was the judge and DA? He should have never been out of prison.

  • Marcy Lyn Aug 20, 2015
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    " He has several other previous convictions including manslaughter and attempted first-degree and second-degree rape. "

    And our criminal justice system lets this man walk free among friendly unsuspecting individuals.

  • Sean Creasy Aug 20, 2015
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    Considering his prior convictions he should have never been allowed back into society.... Another wonderful job of our legal system of protecting us!!! Maybe if they focused more on the criminals and less on the revenue they generate things like this wouldn't happen....

  • Rick Fetter Aug 20, 2015
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    "He was released from prison 27 years early after the North Carolina Court of Appeals overturned the convictions, citing lack of evidence."
    I hope this judge has a concision and this haunts him a lifetime. Animals like this guy need to be put down, all they understand is crime and violence.

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