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Palmer Smith Speaks Exclusively With NewsChannel 5

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Palmer Smith says he's suffered. For the last two years he has been considered a suspect in his wife's disappearance.

Murfreesboro police arrested him this week in connection with the case. Now he's speaking out. In an exclusive interview with NewsChannel 5 reporter Nick Beres, Smith says he's innocent.

"I don't want to get emotional. When I get to thinking about it, it bothers me," he said.

It's still hard, even after nearly two years, for Palmer Smith to talk about the loss of his wife, Marcie.

"I lost my love of my life," he said.

Smith was the last person to see his 69-year-old spouse alive. The insulin-dependant diabetic disappeared in December of 2007.

"I don't know that they'll find her alive," he said.

No body has ever been found, but Murfreesboro police have long suspected Smith was responsible for his wife's disappearance.

"I think I'm their prime suspect," said Smith.

"Palmer, did you kill your wife?" Beres asked in an exclusive interview.

"No, I did not kill my wife and I don't know who did," Smith responded.

Smith and his attorney, John Norton, agreed to the exclusive interview after Smith was arrested. He was not charged with murder. Prosecutors believe Smith lied to them the day he reported his wife missing.

"I didn't lie. I didn't have anything to hide," Smith said.

The only hard piece of evidence in the case is surveillance video from a Wal-Mart parking lot. It shows a man pulling a bicycle from Marcie's SUV the day she disappeared, and then riding away.

"There are people who say the person on that bike is you," asked Beres.

"A lot of people say, ‘That looks like you, Palmer,' and I say, ‘Have you ever seen me riding a bicycle?' They say, ‘No, I never have seen you on a bicycle.' I say, how does that look like me then?" Smith said.

Another mysterious lead arrived by mail late last year. Smith said someone sent him a cryptic letter with a map.

"It scared me. I thought what in the world, what could this be?' said Smith.

It turned out to be a map of Lauderdale County in west Tennessee, and a big red arrow supposedly pointing to the location of Marcie Smith's body. Police searched for more than a week, but found nothing.

"Did you mail that map to yourself?" Beres asked.

"No, I did not," Smith replied.

Smith said he's tired of people pointing the finger at him. If his wife is dead he wants the real killer caught.

He said the last time he saw Marcie alive she was healthy and happy.

"She was just out on a shopping spree, which she loves, and someone took her out of that car and parked it. What they did with her I don't know. I don't know," Smith said.

Smith and his attorney feel as though Murfreesboro police have not done enough to solve the case, and instead focus too much attention and resources on Smith.

Detectives said the case remains open and they continue to track down all leads.

He may not be charged with murder now, but charges could come later. Without Marcie's body, prosecutors will have a tough time proving she is dead - much less that Smith killed her.

For now, Palmer Smith faces five felonies for allegedly lying to police the day his wife disappeared.

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