Former elementary school staffer recalls school year with Erica Parsons

SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - Up until now it's been difficult to find anyone in Rowan County who remembered or knew missing teenager Erica Parsons, at least outside of her family.

Parsons, 15, was reported missing on July 30th, by her brother James, after she was last seen by her adoptive parents in November 2011.

Casey and Sandy Parsons told investigators that Erica had gone to live with her biological grandmother, in Asheville, and they haven't heard from her since.

On Monday, WBTV was contacted by a former staff member at Bostian Elementary School, in China Grove, who said she was bothered that there was so little personal information about Parsons.

The staffer, who requested not to be identified, pointed out that while much has been made of the fact that Erica Parsons was home schooled for most of her life, there was a time that she was a student in the public schools in Rowan-Salisbury, and possibly in Cabarrus County.

WBTV was able to confirm through school records that Erica Parsons attended Bostian Elementary from August of 2003 until July of 2004.  The paperwork indicated that she left Bostian for Shadybrook Elementary in Kannapolis in 2004.

"I remember that I saw her individually sometime. I remember her smile and how she brushed her bangs out of her eyes if she felt anxious," the staffer wrote to WBTV. "She would beam when praised and she was hesitant when she thought she might not know the answer to a question -- that's when she would brush her bangs away from her eyes and puff air out of her mouth. I recall how she tilted her head to one side and would smile and that she loved stickers."

"I guess I wanted to add those things that I remember because I find terribly sad that no one that knew Erica has named her favorite color or game or music group or TV show or place to go out to eat," she continued. "

Those things that make her more than just a photograph, those things that make her a real person. I can't help but wonder if anyone even knew, if anyone ever asked her."

Anyone with any information on the disappearance of Erica Parsons is asked to contact the Rowan County Sheriff's Office at 704-216-8700.