Family, neighbors doubt missing teen is alive

Family, neighbors doubt missing teen is alive

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by RAD BERKY / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on August 20, 2013 at 5:03 PM

SALISBURY, N.C. -- A close family relative of Erica Parsons, the missing teenager from Salisbury, said based on what police removed from the girl's home, it is doubtful now that she will be found alive.

That relative did not want to be named but said he was not surprised to hear the details in the search warrants for the girl's home on Miller Chapel Road.

The 11-hour search was conducted Wednesday at the home by Rowan County Sheriff's deputies, FBI agents, and the State Bureau of Investigation.

The search warrants indicate investigators took two large knives that were wrapped in shrink wrap, baseboards and flooring that had red stains and will be tested for blood and several magazines about JonBenet Ramsey, the 6-year-old Colorado girl who was found murdered in her home in 1996.

Carlyle Sherrill -- who is the attorney for Erica's adoptive parents, Casey and Sandy Sherrill -- said the family was doing everything possible to help investigators find the girl, who the parents say went to live with her biological grandmother two years ago.

The sheriff's office has said there is no truth to what the parents said and investigators have another search warrant for the family's financial records.

Investigators believe the parents fraudulently continued to collect state benefits for the girl even after she was gone.

Sherrill said, "They probably have, since they were legally responsible for Erica."

In an interview with NBC Charlotte last week, Casey Parsons admitted keeping the money, saying that it had been put into a bank account.

Area residents who watched the search and who now know some of the items that were found, said their hope is fading for a happy ending.

"I would say it is more than likely she is probably gone," said neighbor Kim Anders.

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