Adoptive parents of Erica Parsons face "legal quagmire" if they try to sell house

Published: Sep. 18, 2013 at 4:54 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 18, 2013 at 10:32 PM EDT
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SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - A source close to the situation says there will be a "legal quagmire" if Sandy and Casey Parsons try to sell their home on Miller Chapel Road in Salisbury.

It's the last place missing teen Erica Parsons would have lived prior to her disappearance in November of 2011.  Erica's adoptive grandfather, William Parsons, bought the 1336 square foot house in April 2011 after it had been seized in a foreclosure.

On Tuesday afternoon, neighbors told WBTV that Casey Parsons, Erica's adoptive mother, placed a "for Sale By Owner" sign in the front yard.  A WBTV reporter spotted the sign a short time later, and it was still in place on Wednesday morning.
The sign lists a price of $80,000, nearly $30,000 less than the 2012 tax value of $108,000.

At issue is whether or not Sandy and Casey Parsons have the right to sell the house.  The only name on court records is that of William Parsons, and he told the Salisbury Post that he is not selling the house and did not give permission for Sandy and Casey Parsons to sell the house.

But Casey Parsons that they do have the right to sell the house.  In a phone conversation with WBTV's David Whisenant, Parsons said that the parents of her husband, Sandy Parsons, are forcing them out of the house.

"They're trying to be so mean," Parsons said.  "We have the paper.  We're the ones that did the work, put the well down, put the air conditioning unit in, we have thousands in that house."

Casey Parsons says she has a contract proving that she and her husband had been in an agreement to purchase the house from William Parsons, but that in August their checks were refused.

"I'm so tired of all these people accusing us of lies," Parsons told WBTV.  "I want to be able to prove one time and we do have the right to sell this house."

An attorney not involved with the case told WBTV that it is possible that Sandy and Casey Parsons were paying rent to William Parsons and perhaps believed that they were renting to own the property.  Even so, the attorney said, they cannot legally sell the property.

Sandy and Casey Parsons spent the last two weeks moving their personal belonging from the house.  Their attorney said that they were moving to the Fayetteville area to escape media attention, but they have been seen frequently in Salisbury recently.

Investigators believe foul play is involved in Erica's disappearance, and they say the Parsons have not been truthful in the answers they have given in interviews.  No one has been charged in the case and there is a combined reward of $15,000 for information about Erica's disappearance.

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