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Sheriff’s office: investigators working ‘hand in hand’ with FBI to find Erica Parsons

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

Saying it was responding to inaccurate media reports, the Rowan Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday its investigators are working “hand in hand” with the FBI in the search for missing teenager Erica Parsons.

“Each agency has the same goals and objectives to uncover the exact circumstances that (led) to Erica’s disappearance, to discover where she is right now, and to ensure her safe return,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement.

On Monday the attorney for Erica’s adoptive parents said they are no longer talking to Rowan County investigators because of what they felt was “accusatory” questioning around the time investigators searched the Parsons home last month. The attorney, Carlyle Sherrill, said Casey and Sandy Parsons will speak only to FBI agents involved in the case.

Erica was reported missing July 30 by a brother after a family dispute.

But the Parsonses, who adopted Erica as an infant, said they haven’t seen her since December 2011. They claim they sent her to live with Irene Goodman, her biological grandmother, in Asheville. But investigators haven’t found evidence that Goodman exists.

Authorities suspect foul play, but no one has been charged in connection with Erica’s disappearance.

Anyone with information on Erica’s whereabouts is encouraged to call the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office at 704-216-8700.

Wootson: 704-358-5046Twitter: @CleveWootson
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