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Erica Parsons’ adoptive parents move out of Salisbury home

By Cleve R. Wootson Jr.
cwootson@charlotteobserver.com

After nearly a month of media attention about their adoptive daughter’s disappearance, Casey and Sandy Parsons are moving from their home just outside Salisbury.

A U-Haul truck arrived at their home late Tuesday morning. Shortly afterward, the family began loading it and a pickup truck with furniture and appliances, according to WCNC-TV, the Charlotte Observer’s news partner.

The story of Erica Parsons’ disappearance made international headlines, and the Parsonses have faced scrutiny by the media, neighbors and strangers. State, local and federal investigators have searched the home on Miller Chapel Road in connection with Erica’s disappearance. Television crews have been camped outside for weeks.

Last week, after the Parsonses appeared on the “Dr. Phil” show, a group of community members held a candlelight vigil for Erica on the street outside the family’s home. Sandy Parsons was approached and questioned by members of the media the next day as he cleaned up candles and other detritus.

As if underscoring the point Tuesday, at least one television news helicopter trailed the family’s U-Haul truck as it traveled north on Interstate 85.

A spokesman for the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office said investigators from that agency, the FBI and the State Bureau of Investigation were aware of the Parsonses’ move.

“Investigators will remain in contact with the Parsonses and their attorney as the investigation progresses,” the statement said.

Erica Parsons, Casey and Sandy’s adopted daughter, was reported missing on July 30 by one of the Parsonses’ sons. The missing person’s report was filed about two years after Erica was last seen.

The family’s attorney says the family is doing nothing wrong. The Parsonses just don’t want to be in their home at this time.

No one has been charged for any crime in connection to Erica’s disappearance.

It was unclear where the Parsonses are moving.

The home on Miller Chapel Road is owned by Sandy Parsons’ father, William Parsons, according to records.

Wootson: 704-358-5046; Twitter: @CleveWootson
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