The adoptive parents of Erica Parsons will be charged with first-degree murder in her 2011 death, according to the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office.
WSIC News Partner FOX 46 reports indictments of first-degree murder and felony child abuse have been issued for Casey and Sandy Parsons. Her death has been under investigation for four years.
Erica Parsons was reported missing from Rowan County in July 2013 by her adopted brother but reportedly had not been seen since Nov. 2011.
Her adoptive parents, Casey and Sandy, told investigators at the time that Erica had gone to visit her grandmother, Nan, but police were unable to locate them.
It wasn’t until Sept. 2016 that Erica’s adoptive father, Sandy, led authorities to her mains in a wooded area in Chesterfield County. Sandy Parsons later admitted to authorities that his adoptive daughter’s remains were discarded in Dec. 2011.
In Jan. 2018, the medical examiner ruled Erica Parsons cause of death as homicide violence of undetermined means. Her autopsy report revealed disturbing details about how the missing teen lived and died.
Sandy and Casey Parsons are presently serving sentences in separate federal prisons after being convicted of fraud for taking federal adoption assistance money meant for Erica long after the teen was no longer at their home.