CHESTERFIELD, S.C. -- The Rowan County Sheriff's Office held a news conference Monday afternoon to release new details in the death of Erica Parsons and the sheriff said they believe the girl was deceased long before she was ever reported missing.
The body of Erica Parsons was found September 30, 2016 in Chesterfield County.
"It was not on any property owned or rented by the Parsons," said Sheriff Kevin L. Auten of the Rowan County Sheriff's Office.
In August, Rowan County Sheriff's Investigators obtained new leads that confirmed Erica was more than likely deceased. FBI Special Agents and Rowan County detectives located the skeletal remains of a young girl last Tuesday. The remains were taken to the State Medical Examiner's Office, where they were identified to be that of Erica Lynn Parsons.
Chesterfield County Sheriff Jay Brooks says Erica Parsons' body was found in a small grave on a dirt road about a mile south of Highway 9 between Pageland and Mount Croghan.
Sheriff Brooks confirmed Friday that Sandy Parsons, Erica's adoptive father, was brought from prison to point out exactly where Erica Parsons was buried.
After her remains were found, Sandy Parsons was immediately taken back to federal prison where he and Casey Parsons, Erica's adoptive mother, are both serving sentences for fraud charges related to the disappearance of Erica Parsons. Sandy Parsons was convicted of 43 fraud charges at federal trial in October 2014 and Casey Parsons pled guilty earlier that same month.
The Medical Examiner is now working to determine Erica's cause of death.
"We're going to get her to a good resting spot and then seek justice," Auten said.
Erica was reported missing by a relative on July 30, 2013. The relative advised investigators he had not seen Erica since November of 2011 when she was 13-years-old.
Erica's adoptive parents said the girl went to stay with relatives in the Asheville, North Carolina, area and had not seen her since. Sheriff’s Investigators determined that information was not true.
The FBI, Rowan County Sheriff’s Office, and North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations continued to follow leads related to the case, leading them to North and South Carolina, as well as California.