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Lead investigator in Erica Parsons case takes new job in banking

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

One of the lead investigators looking into the disappearance of Erica Parsons has stepped down after taking a job in the banking industry, according to the Rowan Sheriff’s Office.

Investigator Clint Mauldin accepted the job last week, according to a spokesman. Mauldin is still a reserve officer in the Sheriff’s Office and is available to investigators.

In a statement, the Sheriff’s Office said: “1st. Lt. Chad Moose and Investigator Sara Benfield have worked hand in hand with Investigator Mauldin from the first day that the investigation into Erica’s disappearance began. Their first hand knowledge of this case will allow the investigation to proceed in a seamless manner.”

The Rowan Sheriff’s Office has been investigating Erica’s disappearance since last July. Erica, 16, was adopted by Casey and Sandy Parsons as a baby and reported missing last year by her adoptive brother, who’d been kicked out of the house following a fight with his parents.

No one has been charged in connection with Erica’s disappearance.

Investigators have said in search warrants that they suspect foul play, and in court documents they say they believe Erica Parsons might be dead. Still, the case remains a missing persons investigation and has not been ruled a homicide.

Local and federal authorities have offered a $35,000 award for information that leads to Erica.

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