Hundreds attend vigil for missing teen Erica Parsons

Hundreds attend vigil for missing teen Erica Parsons

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by RAD BERKY / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on August 23, 2013 at 5:43 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 23 at 11:26 PM

SALISBURY, N.C. -- Hundreds of people turned out for an emotional candlelight vigil that was held Friday night for missing Salisbury teenager, Erica Parsons.

She was last seen two years ago but only recently reported missing to police.  As many as 200 people took part in the vigil, most never even knew Erica but wanted to come out to show they cared.

One of those was Jo Warren, who said, "It is a child and this child is important."

While those who came to the vigil all had their own reasons, for Scott Parsons it was personal.

Scott is the brother of Sandy Parsons, who is Erica's adoptive father.

He spoke to those who came to the vigil, saying, "Erica is out there I hope.  I pray she is out there."

There were songs and balloons were released into the air for Erica who has not been seen for two years.  Her adoptive parents said they dropped her off at a grandmother's house in Asheville.

Police investigators said they do not believe the family is telling the truth.

A new age progression picture of Erica released this week by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children will be posted on 15 billboards across the greater Charlotte area starting next week.
 

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