SALISBURY, N.C. -- The parents of a missing Rowan County teen plan to tell their story to the nation next week on the Dr. Phil show, hoping it will help investigators find 15-year-old Erica Lynn Parsons.
From the family living room in Salisbury Friday, Erica's adoptive parents Casey and Sandy say Erica was alive, well and happy when they dropped her off with her biological grandmother for an extended Christmas visit in 2011.
They'd met that grandmother at least twice before and were okay with Erica staying with her once she told them she didn't want to come back.
Then last week, Erica's older brother reported her missing and it prompted an all out search for the girl. The family says several inaccurate and hurtful allegations have come up since.
"Homicide investigators wanted to know, ‘Did we sell her?’ -- Asked us that. [They] said I had a lot of medical bills and said they know it's probably hard too. We sell her to people, and we didn't do nothing like that. It was just all these different accusations," Casey Parsons said.
Investigators say what the Parsons told them over two days of interviews was not true. The family says that's not true and denies any wrongdoing.
Privately, the Parsons say an investigator told them names of people who might know where Erica is, and those tips were panning out.
Investigators are not commenting because it is an active case.
Right now, it appears nobody knows where the 15 year old is, who she's with or if she's alive.