SALISBURY, N.C. -- Investigators from the FBI and the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office brought specially trained dogs Tuesday to search the Salisbury home where Erica Parsons was last seen two years ago.
Investigators also searched the property around the home of William Parsons, who is Erica’s grandfather.
The search of the home where Erica lived with her adoptive parents on Miller Chapel Road centered on an area next to a garage at the rear of the property. It is the spot, neighbors say, where Sandy Parsons had a cast iron stove that he frequently used to burn debris.
The dogs used are from a group called Independent Search and Rescue Canine Handlers. That is a volunteer group that works with law enforcement in searching for lost or missing persons.
A spokesperson for the FBI would not comment on the search other than to say that dogs are another tool being used to search for Erica, who was only reported missing three months ago by her step-brother.
Following the search in Salisbury, investigators moved on to search an area around a red shed in the yard of William and Janet Parsons, the parents of Sandy Parsons.
The dogs could be seen sniffing around the shed and in some woods directly behind it. It is the second time that shed has been searched.
Back in August, investigators took several items from that shed to be tested, including a hammer, a video tape and a container of teeth.
Casey Parsons, Erica’s adoptive mother, has said she saved the teeth her children lost as mementos.
William Parsons, Sandy’s father, told NBC Charlotte that he had consented to the searches of both properties, thus avoiding the need for investigators to obtain search warrants.
William and his wife have said in the past they would do whatever was necessary to help find Erica.