FBI Releases Statement After Remains Of Erica Parsons Found In SC

UPDATE: The FBI released the following statement in reference to the Erica Parsons’ investigation:

“The recent discovery of Erica Parson’s remains is heartbreaking.  There is no way to adequately explain the collaborative efforts between law enforcement agencies and prosecutors who have worked tirelessly for the past three years to find Erica.  Erica’s adoptive parents, Sandy and Casey Parsons are serving federal prison sentences related to fraud uncovered by the FBI during the missing child phase of the investigation.  As the case moves forward determining exactly how Erica died and whether or what criminal charges apply will be a state issue.  The FBI will continue to offer support as appropriate to our law enforcement partners at the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office as their work continues,” said John Strong, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Charlotte Division.

CHESTERFIELD CO., SC — The remains of Erica Parsons have been found in Chesterfield County, South Carolina. Erica was reported missing in Rowan County three years ago. Her adoptive parents are now serving federal time for fraud.

The sheriff of Chesterfield County confirmed for us that Erica’s remains were found buried in a remote, wooded area about 75 miles south of Salisbury, where Erica lived. The girl’s remains were found one mile off SC-9 between Pageland and Mt. Croghan, an area close to Sandy Parsons’ mother’s home.

The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office says it got a tip in August that Erica was likely dead. Two days ago, Rowan County detectives, along with the FBI and SBI, recovered Erica’s remains. Officials say they were lead to the area by Sandy Parsons. The remains were taken to the medical examiner’s office and confirmed as hers. Her family has been notified.

Erica Parsons was last seen at her Rowan County home in 2011. Her adoptive brother, James, reported her missing in 2013. James filed a missing persons report, which launched an investigation.

The Parsons’ home was searched, but there was no sign of Erica. Erica’s adoptive parents were never charged in her disappearance, but they were found guilty of fraud for continuing to collect the little girl’s disability benefits after she disappeared. During that fraud trial, James recounted shocking details of the horrific abuse Erica endured in the home.

We will bring you more information about this case as it comes in. Check www.wccbcharlotte.com for updates.