The search for missing Rowan County teen Erica Parsons appears to have picked up steam again this week, with investigators searching two different pieces of property in the past two days.
Authorities confirmed that detectives spent time Monday at the home of William Parsons, father of Sandy Parsons, Ericas adoptive father, in China Grove.
And there were multiple reports Tuesday that Rowan County sheriffs deputies and FBI agents were looking over the property where Sandy Parsons and his wife Casey, Ericas adoptive mother, lived until recently. The couple moved near Fayetteville.
Erica Parsons was 11 when she was last seen in late 2011. She was reported missing by a stepbrother in late July. Sandy and Casey Parsons told detectives that they took the girl to live with a biological grandmother in Asheville. They now say they believe they were duped, and the woman they left Erica with was not her grandmother.
Capt. John Sifford of the Rowan County Sheriffs Office says detectives do not believe that story.
Sifford confirmed Tuesday that investigators were active Monday.
I can tell you the Rowan County Sheriffs Office and the FBI are continuing our investigation to find Erica Parsons and that did involve a visit to William Parsons home (Monday), he said.
Witnesses reported that the detectives were joined by search dogs at the property on Sutton Road in China Grove. William Parsons told WCNC-TV, the Observers news partner, that investigators did not look in his shed, which was searched by detectives Aug. 20. According to several published and broadcast reports, detectives found teeth, a hammer and school records.
On Tuesday, detectives were at the Parsons old home on Miller Chapel Road. Once again, according to WCNC, they were accompanied by bloodhounds.
It is not in the best interest of our active investigation to release any details beyond that at this time, Sifford said.
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