Hundreds of tips received on Erica Parsons case

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Date: 2013-08-28


SALISBURY, N.C. -- There is mew information about the number of tips investigators are receiving about missing teen Erica Parsons.

This, while the family comes back for a another round of moving out of the Salisbury home where Erica was last seen two years ago-- and where red stains found on the flooring and walls are being tested for blood.

The Rowan County Sheriff's Office says it has gotten more than 500 calls about Erica over the last month.

But the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, the folks who came up with the age progression picture of what Erica would look like now at 15, says just a handful.

Meanwhile, the family who says they, too, are searching for Erica, once again hit the road.

Wednesday marks day two for the Parsons family moving out of their Salisbury home.

The same U-Haul that left the home and drove to Fayetteville Tuesday afternoon came back in the middle of the night for more belongings, and then left again around 12:30 in the afternoon on Wednesday.

Carlyle Sherrill, the Parsonses’ attorney said although he expected the family to move he, “didn't know it was going to be this quickly."

And says, it's no secret why.

Sherrill explained, “Casey is recovering from surgery, the house was just torn apart when the search warrant was executed, they have media at their doorstep, they can't walk out, can't move their yard without being filmed by somebody, and it's really getting to be a hardship on them, really getting to be frustrating and it's probably the best thing for them."

Fayetteville, where Sandy Parsons' son lives, who is married and in the military, is likely where the Parsons are staying, according to Sherrill.

Investigators are aware the Parsons are moving.

If they're needed for questioning or to help with tips, Sherrill says he's got the Parsonses' cell phone numbers, and they've agreed to come back whenever

"We can have them here in a couple hours if we need them, so it's no problem," Sherrill said.

Speaking of the attention and cameras, Sherrill says the Parsonses are trying to avoid, it didn't seem to bother Erica's adoptive father Sandy Wednesday morning.

He rested on the front porch, seeming to find a few moments of serenity, and when asked about sitting there in front of our cameras, he said he's got nothing to hide.

But investigators say Casey and Sandy Parsons' story about Erica leaving home to stay with a grandmother simply isn't true, and allege in search warrants that both parents verbally and physically abused Erica-- allegations the parents deny.

And, in the meantime?

"We wait, we wait, we hope that a lead will come up that's going to lead to Erica, that's what we're here for," Sherrill said.

No one has been arrested or charged in Erica's disappearance. The family is free to come and go as they please, just like anyone else.

Test results of the red stains found in the Parsons' home, as well as anything else investigators found while executing two search warrants, have not been released-- and won't be unless or until there's a need for them in court.


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