CHARLOTTE, NC– It’s been six months since a family member reported Erica Parsons missing. Nobody’s seen the Salisbury teenager in more than two years. The FBI is now offering an additional reward for the case. Lexington Resident Rebecca Riel says more dollar signs won’t help find missing teen Erica Parsons. “The people that know the answers aren’t interested in the money,” says Riel. Though investigators are hoping that a bigger reward will lead to answers.
On Thursday, the FBI announced a reward of up to $25,000 for information leading to Erica. The 15-year-old was last seen in November, 2011. Exactly six months ago, the teen’s adoptive brother reported her missing, sparking a nationwide manhunt. Erica’s adoptive parents, Sandy and Casey Parsons, say she went to live with her biological grandmother ‘Nan’ in Asheville. Investigators say Nan doesn’t exist, and that the Parsons haven’t been honest.
Rowan County Sheriff Kevin Auten says investigators have followed up on hundreds of tips and leads, but says time has been one of their biggest challenges. Meanwhile, residents like Riel want to know why more hasn’t been done to find Erica. “Where is this child? And why isn’t every resource being used to pressure the parents into telling us where this child is?” says Riel.
Lexington resident Caron Myers says a larger reward by the FBI is a good way of letting the public know they’re still looking for Erica, but she says in order to find her, their efforts need to go far beyond a growing money pot. The FBI offering brings the total reward in the Erica Parsons case to $35,000.
If you’ve seen Erica Parsons or have any information about her disappearance, call 704-216-8700.