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What happened to brother who reported Erica Parsons missing?

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SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) -

It all started with James Parsons. 

On July 30, 2013, James Parsons, 20, and his uncle, Scott Parsons, walked into the Rowan County Sheriff's Office to tell investigators that his adoptive sister Erica was missing.

James Parsons told deputies that his sister had not been seen since November or December 2011.  James said when he woke up one morning during that time, he realized that Erica was not at home.

James said that when he asked his parents, Sandy and Casey Parsons, where Erica was, they told him that they had gone to Asheville to take Erica to her grandmother's residence.  James told investigators that he had not seen Erica since that time.

It was also during this initial interview that James Parsons said that Sandy and Casey routinely abused Erica, both mentally and physically.  James also pointed out that Sandy and Casey had continued to receive checks on behalf of Erica long after she was gone from the family home at 218 Miller Chapel Road.

"We have done nothing to these kids or Erica," Casey Parsons told WBTV. "Nothing.  A social worker even wrote that in a paper, we had done nothing."

Casey Parsons also said that when investigators first came calling at their Miller Chapel Road home, they told her that James had told tem that they "had killed Erica and buried her in our backyard."

That backyard has been the subject of at least two searches by law enforcement, one in August, and then again on Tuesday when investigators from the Rowan Sheriff's Office and the FBI, along with search and rescue dogs, probed an area behind the house where an above ground pool had been standing.

The results of the searches has not been made public.

Since July 30, James Parsons has also been out of sight, at least publicly.  While nearly every other member of Erica Parsons family has spoken to various media outlets both locally and nationally, James Parsons has been silent.

Requests for interviews from television stations, newspapers, even syndicated talk shows, have been ignored and the young man has been able to keep his face out of the public eye.

When his name has come up, it's mostly been attached to something negative, like his criminal record that includes reports that he was arrested twice for assaulting family members and had assaulted a family pet. 

Sandy and Casey Parsons maintain that James reported Erica missing and reported the alleged abuse because he was angry that they made him move out of the house.

As far as law enforcement is concerned, it was the words of James Parsons from July that sparked one of the most intense investigations in recent years.  Those words led deputies, along with state and federal agents, to conclude that foul play was involved in Erica's disappearance.

So far, no one has been charged in the case and Erica Parsons is still missing.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Rowan Sheriff's Office at 704-216-8700. A combined reward of $15,000 is available.

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