ROWAN COUNTY, NC- Dozens of people gathered in Salisbury Tuesday night to pray for the safe return of 15-year-old Erica Parsons.
Families who came out to pray for Erica say they’re searching for answers and trying to keep hope alive. No one has seen Erica since November of 2011.
“Hope she is alive and well. Hope for her safety, hope for her health. Hope for those seeking diligently to find her,” said Jenna Cloke, pastor of Breakthrough Faith Church in Kannapolis.
Many families at the vigil say they didn’t know Erica.
“I pray for that girl every night. That someone will come forward and that something will be done about it,” said Michael Morton, a Kannapolis resident.
Now, some people are thinking the worst.
“My gut feeling is she’s not here any longer. I think she’s deceased but I don’t know where exactly they’ve put her,” said Angela Foster, a Mocksville resident.
“Where I feel she is, is in His hands. Whether she’s alive or not, we don’t know,” said Cloke.
Erica’s biological mother Carolyn Parsons pleaded to the crowd.
“This story has got to be told wherever you can reach. Kalamazoo is necessary. Staying here, it’s going nowhere!” said Parsons.
Carolyn hopes a hypnotist will help her figure out a dream where she heard screams for help.
“I need to get back into that dream and see who it was and see if I can what’s happening,” said Parsons.
Erica’s adoptive parents, Sandy and Casey Parsons, were not at Tuesday night’s vigil and they also weren’t at the other two vigils for Erica over the last two months. The couple moved to Fayetteville to get out of the media spotlight.
There’s another vigil planned for October 12 in Kannapolis.