I’m a little speechless about this one. According to a press release from the Rowan County Sheriff’s office, deputies are now searching for a 15-year-old girl almost two years since she was last seen at her home in Salisbury, North Carolina. Erica Lynn Parsons was reported missing last Tuesday to the Sheriff’s office by a step-sibling, after reportedly not having been seen since November 2011.
A reporter from WSOCTV in Charlotte spoke with Erica’s grandparents, who say they are very upset about her disappearance. The Sheriff’s office says that Erica has not been seen for almost two years, but her grandparents say they saw her a year ago, and didn’t know she was missing. The same reporter went to Erica’s parents’ house and tried to speak with them but was advised that they had an attorney and did not want to speak.
I’m puzzled as to why this girl wasn’t reported missing a LOT sooner, why her family has an attorney, and why in the world her family wouldn’t want to get out in front of the cameras and try to get the word out about their daughter being missing. I’ll definitely withhold judgment, but I’m very curious as to what other details are going to come out about this case.
Erica is believed to be just over 4 feet tall and is known to be small for her age. She has brown hair and brown eyes with fair skin. If you have information about Erica Lynn Parsons, please call the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office at 704-216-8700.
UPDATE: 8/7 5:12 PM
More details are starting to come out, and to say that it sounds fishy is a little bit of an understatement.
WBTV is reporting that Erica had been reported missing by her step-brother, James Parsons, who said he hasn’t seen her since 2011. He told police that his parents had told him that Erica had gone to live with other family members. He called police and reported her missing after having recently moved out of his parents’ home.
Police told WBTV that Erica’s parents were initially cooperative but then hired an attorney and will no longer speak with police.
From WBTV’s web site:
That attorney, Carlyle Sherrill, told WBTV that his clients were contacted by the Erica’s birth mother in 2011. She introduced the family to a couple, some type of distant relative, who supposedly lived in the Asheville area.
Sherrill says the Parsons let Erica visit the couple three times and after the third visit she never came back home.
“In February 2012, they received a phone call from her and she let them know in no uncertain terms she didn’t want to come back,” Sherrill told WBTV. “This is a rebellious teenager who seemed to be safe, seemed to be where she wants to be.”
Even though Erica was adopted (not sure when) by these parents, it’s still very difficult to believe that they wouldn’t be more concerned about her never coming home, if their story is to be believed. Why wouldn’t they ever try contacting her?
It seems the step-brother and the police don’t believe the story either.
UPDATE: 8/10 4:55 PM
Erica’s adoptive parents spoke with reporters, with their attorney present.
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