Parsons' adoptive parents claimed she was with her grandmother in the mountains. Investigators believed they were lying.
Erica Parsons was first reported missing by her older brother James on July 30, 2013. He told investigators he hadn’t seen her since November of 2011 when she was 13 years old. Parsons’ adoptive parents said she went to live with relatives in Asheville, North Carolina. Investigators later proved that claim to be false.
“To me, she’s still not missing,” said her adoptive mother Casey Parsons, claiming her paternal grandmother “Nan” picked her up for an extended Christmas visit. “I liked Nan, I really did. She’s a very sweet lady, we had a mutual agreement she was going to stay there, but I mean, it was not like we couldn’t visit her.”
Two years later, investigators searched the family’s home on Miller Chapel Road in Salisbury, combing for any clues that would lead them to Erica. All the while, Parsons’ adoptive parents continued to claim she was with family in the mountains, with their attorney stating at one point she was simply a “rebellious teenager who didn’t want to come home.”
Surgery complications kept Casey Parsons from visiting Erica she claimed, plus she and her husband Sandy were having trouble with Erica’s older brother James. They said James’ built-up anger over an incident at home and a thirst for revenge led him to report Erica missing to the authorities.
Detectives pressed the couple during their interrogation, with Parsons saying detectives accused them of pushing Erica off on someone else.
“Homicide investigations wanted to know did we sell her,” Casey Parsons said. “They asked us that, they said I had a lot of medical bills and said that they know it probably got hard, so what’d we do, sell her? And we didn’t do nothing (sic) like that, it was just all these different accusations that it was just getting to hard, we gave her away or it was just too much stress on everything. It was just horrible stuff that they would say to us.”