Officials are asking the public to be patient as they continue to investigate the disappearance of Erica Parsons.
The Rowan County Sheriffs Office released a statement Friday afternoon that said local, state and federal investigators continue to work night and day to locate Erica.
The goal of any investigation is to determine if a crime has been committed If so, build a case on each and every law violated and gather the evidence needed for a positive prosecutory outcome at trial, the sheriffs office said in the statement.
There are many layers to investigations and it can take time to thoroughly cover and exhaust each lead and each level police investigations are not as clear-cut as they may seem to the public and should not be judged based on a timeline or quick arrests or charges.
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 say they sent her to live with Irene Goodman, her biological grandmother, in Asheville. But investigators havent found evidence that Goodman exists.
Authorities suspect foul play, but no one has been charged in connection with Ericas disappearance.
The RCSO statement said investigators continue to receive tips and no lead, no piece of information we receive is too small to follow as we attempt to locate Erica and fully explain the circumstances regarding her disappearance.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Rowan County Sheriffs Office at 704-216-8700.
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