FBI with bloodhounds search homes of Erica Parsons' adoptive parents, grandparents

Published: Oct. 22, 2013 at 4:44 PM EDT|Updated: Nov. 21, 2013 at 5:46 PM EST
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SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - As part of the ongoing investigation into the disappearance of Rowan County teen Erica Parsons, the Rowan County Sheriff's Office and FBI searched property owned by Erica's adoptive grandparents, including the home of her adoptive parents.

Just before 3 p.m. Tuesday, a neighbor of Sandy and Casey Parsons told WBTV that deputies, FBI Agents, and officers with bloodhounds were at the Parsons' home on Miller Chapel Road.

William Parsons, Erica's adoptive grandfather, owns the home, as well as his home off Sutton Road in China Grove where neighbors said Monday they had seen investigators and canines on the property.

Tuesday morning, investigators did confirm a "visit" to the grandfather's home, but would not give any details.

"I can tell you the RCSO and the FBI are continuing our investigation to find Erica Parsons and that did involve a visit to William Parsons home yesterday," a spokesman told WBTV.  "It is not in the best interest of our active investigation to release any details beyond that at this time."

William Parsons gave permission for investigators to search a field behind his house.

On August 20 a red storage shed on the same property was searched by investigators.  Items found that day included a video tape, pieces of a blue vacuum with a filter and container, teeth, a hammer, and school records for Sandy and Casey Parsons, Erica's adoptive parents.

Weeks later Sandy Parsons told WBTV that the shed was one that he had access to on his father's property.  He said the teeth were baby teeth from his children and that the hammer had been used to kill a rodent.

Investigators will not comment on whether anything was seized in Monday's search, and if the search was done with the consent of the property owners, then no warrant would be on file.

Erica Parsons was reported missing at the end of July by her adoptive brother, but the now 15 year old girl has not actually been seen since November, 2011.  That's when Sandy and Casey Parsons say they took Erica to visit a woman they believed was her grandmother.  They said Erica decided not to come home, but to stay in the Asheville area and live with "Nan."

Now the Parsons believe they were "duped" by this mysterious woman and don't know what happened to Erica.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Rowan Sheriff's Office at 704-216-8700.  There is a combined reward of $15,000 for information on the disappearance or whereabouts of Erica Parsons.

The attorney for Sandy and Casey Parsons, Carlyle Sherrill, is out of town and was not available for comment Tuesday.

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