SALISBURY, N.C. -- It was a busy morning for the Parsons family.
Sandy and Casey, Erica’s adoptive parents, were in court fighting to get custody back of their two youngest children.
Two of their older kids, daughter Brook and son Sandy, who serves in the military, were there to support their parents.
Both sides agreed to a continuation in the hearing, saying there was too much evidence in the case and they needed more time. A hearing will likely now take place in late October. In the mean time, the two younger children will stay with Casey’s mom.
After Thursday’s hearing, the Parsonses met with investigators from the sheriff’s office and FBI.
"The Parsons, in fact, let the investigators know they were going to be here today and they did meet with investigators briefly to give fingerprints and answer a few questions," said attorney Carlyle Sherrill.
Sherrill says the couple is still splitting their time between Fayetteville and Salisbury, despite an eviction notice Wednesday from Sandy’s parents. He also says Erica’s adoptive parents seem more hopeful in recent days.
"They seem today to be not as frustrated as they have been, seeing a little progress."
Sherrill adds the family believes Erica’s biological mom Carolyn Parsons is the key to finding their daughter because she connected them to Nan, the grandmother they say they left Erica with two years ago.
"If anyone knows where Nan is, Carolyn Parsons would be where to look."
There have been no charges filed in this case.
Editor's note: In an earlier version of this story, it was reported the biological children of Casey and Sandy Parsons were to remain in DSS custody; this is incorrect. The children are in the custody of Casey Parsons' parents.