Sandy and Casey Parsons leaving federal court in 2014. Photo source The Charlotte Observer
SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) -
An appeal made by the adoptive mother of missing Rowan County teenager Erica Parsons has been denied by a federal judge, according to court records.
Casey Parsons and her husband Sandy are serving ten and eight years respectively in federal prison for fraud for continuing to take federal adoption assistance money meant for Erica long after Erica was gone from their Salisbury home.
Casey Parsons, 39, pleaded guilty to 16 federal charges October 1 of 2014. Sandy Parsons was convicted following a trial that same month. Both were sentenced in February, 2015.
Erica Parsons was reported missing by her brother in July 2013 at the Rowan County Sheriff's Office. She has reportedly not been seen since November 2011.
Casey and Sandy Parsons have maintained that Erica went to live with her biological grandmother in Asheville. They say they have not had any contact with her since February 2012.
Despite intense searches, no grandmother has ever been found, and during the trial for Sandy Parsons the federal prosecutor said that he believed Erica Parsons was dead.
A $50,000 reward is still being offered for information about the disappearance and whereabouts of Erica Parsons. Anyone with information is asked to contact the FBI or Rowan Sheriff's Office at 704-216-8700.