Erica Parsons

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The adoptive mother of Erica Parsons has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and felony child abuse and will spend the rest of her life in prison.

A judge in Salisbury Thursday tentatively scheduled the trial date for Casey Parsons, the adoptive mother of teenage murder victim Erica Parsons, for April 2020.

Erica Parson's remains were found in Chesterfield, South Carolina, on the Parson's family property in September 2016. The autopsy could not determine how Erica was killed but it showed signs of abuse.

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Prosecutors will seek the death penalty for the adoptive father a Rowan County girl who was found dead nearly five years after she was last seen, according to multiple reports.

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First-degree murder charges will be filed against Casey and Sandy Parsons in the death of their adopted daughter, Erica.

An autopsy report concludes that Erica Parsons, who was 13 years old when she was reported missing from the home of her adoptive parents in Rowan County in 2013, died of “homicidal violence of undetermined means.” The report released Tuesday by North Carolina’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner also found evidence of multiple “blunt force injuries” on the girl’s body, and numerous broken bones in “various stages of healing.”

Erica Parsons 'Skeletal Remains' Found

Sep 30, 2016
Courtesy of the FBI Charlotte Office

Almost five years after Erica Parsons was last seen, detectives have found her body in South Carolina. The bizarre story of the Rowan County teenager's disappearance gained national attention.


Casey and Sandy Parsons were sentenced to federal prison Friday for financial schemes that included cashing monthly assistance checks of $634 for Erica Parsons more than a year after the girl disappeared.

Erica’s adoptive father, Sandy Parsons, was sentenced to 8 years. Her adoptive mother, Casey Parsons, was sentenced to 10 years. 

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Exactly one year after Rowan County teen Erica Parsons was reported missing by her brother, her adoptive parents appeared in federal court Wednesday to face charges of Social Security and Medicaid fraud.

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The FBI says it is now offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information that helps them find missing teen Erica Parsons.

A 13-year-old girl goes missing. No one says anything.  The parents? They say she was just being rebellious and figured she would someday return.

This is the case of Erica Parsons, of course. The Rowan County girl was last seen in November of 2011. Her brother reported her missing last month.

Adoptive Mom To Dr. Phil: Erica Parsons Is Alive

Aug 20, 2013

Erica Parsons’ adoptive mother says that Erica is alive, and the mystery of her disappearance could be cleared up with a phone call.

“Erica is not missing. Erica is with her grandmother,” a woman known as Nan, Casey Parsons said on the “Dr. Phil” show today. “This would all be over if Nan or Erica would just pick the phone up and call.”