Rowan Co. Deputies: 15-year-old missing since 2011

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Date: 2013-08-05

By Dave Faherty and Trish Williford
ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. —Erica Parsons is a 15-year-old from Rowan County; she was adopted as a baby.

On Monday night, her grandparents said that no one has seen her since 2011 -- yet she is just now being reported as missing.

They told Eyewitness News they thought she was visiting other family.

Erica Parson's grandparents told Eyewitness News they've been asking their son or daughter where the teenager was, but they just learned two weeks ago that Parsons was missing.

It has been two years, and according to deputies, no one has seen or heard from 15-year-old Parsons.

Rowan County deputies said she disappeared from a Salisbury home she shared with her adoptive parents back in November of 2011.

Deputies said she was just reported missing about two weeks ago.

Eyewitness News talked to Parson's grandparents on Monday.

They said they are sick not knowing what happened to her.

"That is my fear that something happened and nobody is telling us. I am not talking about the law, I am talking about my boy and daughter-in-law," said Steve Parsons.

"I am so worried, I am so worried," said Janet Parsons.

On Monday night, Eyewitness News knocked on the door of Erica Parsons' home and no one answered.

Earlier on Monday, Eyewitness News was told the parents of Erica had turned photos of the teenager over to law enforcement, but had been advised by their lawyers not to comment.

Eyewitness News asked neighbors if they had ever seen Parsons.

Elizabeth Cardona said she saw a lot of police activity at the Parsons home last week. She said something else struck her as strange.

"I saw two ladies yelling at each other and I saw a moving truck but I didn't know what was going on," said Cardona.

Erica was adopted by the Parsons when she was just 2 weeks old and she could not have been reported missing by her school because she was also homeschooled.

Caylee's Law was introduced in several states after the mother of a Florida toddler was acquitted.

Casey Anthony failed to report her 2-year-old daughter missing for nearly a month in 2008. The girl's body was later found in some nearby woods.

North Carolina's version of the law goes into effect in December. Any parent who does not report a child missing within 24 hours will be charged with a felony.

Anyone else who suspects a child is missing and doesn't report it faces a misdemeanor.

Again Erica Parsons is 15 years old, but police said she is small for her age. She is four and a half feet tall and about 85 pounds. She has brown hair and brown eyes.

If you have seen her or have any information, police asked that you call them right away.


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