SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - A Michigan woman who says she hired missing teen Erica Parsons' adoptive mother as a surrogate over 10 years ago is identifying herself for the first time publicly.
Amy Miller says she hired Casey Parsons to carry her child August 2001.
Casey and Sandy Parsons have been the focus of the investigation into the disappearance of their daughter, Erica. The teenager disappeared nearly two years ago, but wasn't reported missing until July.
Miller says the reason she's coming forward is to keep attention on Casey Parsons and her husband, as authorities search for Erica.
"I just know how manipulating they are. I know what they put my family through which was just pure hell," Miller said.
Miller said she and Casey Parsons met online in 2001. She claims Casey advertised as a surrogate mother.
"She just seemed like the perfect person to carry our baby," Miller said.
Miller and her husband contacted the Parsons and the two women met face to face for the first time.
"She just seemed very wholesome. Very down to Earth. Very religious. The fact that she adopted Erica to keep her in the family, I thought that was a real, you know, that was admirable is what I thought. "
Miller says Casey Parsons mentioned then 3-year-old Erica Parsons often.
"She came to my house. Her and her son, Jamie, stayed for 3 weeks. We got the positive pregnancy. She went back and called me at 6 weeks to tell me that she had miscarried," Miller said.
It turns out, Casey Parsons did not have a miscarriage with Miller's unborn son. Miller said she tried for 5 months to find Casey, and it wasn't easy.
"She changed her phone number. She changed her email. She told me I needed to get a life. I had no business having a child."
Miller was finally able to get her son and take him home. She has the DNA test to prove he is hers.
WBTV spoke with Casey Parsons on the phone following the Miller interview. Parsons says a contract the two families signed prohibits her from making a comment about the case.
Investigators still need tips in the Erica Parsons case. No one has been charged with a crime.
You can call the Rowan County Sheriff's Office at 704-216-8700 if you know anything that can help solve the disappearance of Erica Parsons.
Watch our full report tonight at 11 p.m. on WBTV (CBS).