Parsonses paid to vacate Salisbury home

SALISBURY, N.C. -- Saturday, the grandparents of Erica Parsons reclaimed the home where Erica is last known to have been living prior to her disappearance two years ago. Steve and Janet Parsons own the home that they had been renting to Sandy, their son, and his wife Casey. Sandy and Casey were Erica's adoptive parents and have been evicted by Steve and Janet Parsons, who say they're owed back rent.


by TONY BURBECK / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on October 8, 2013 at 5:12 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 8 at 7:36 PM

SALISBURY, N.C. -- The grandfather of missing Rowan County teenager Erica Parsons says he paid Erica's adoptive parents Casey and Sandy Parsons "a good bit" of money to leave the house on Miller Chapel Road and settle an eviction dispute.

William Parsons, Sandy's father, is now in cleanup and repair mode after Casey and Sandy moved out. He says the entire kitchen needs to be replaced as well as all the carpets.

Parsons also provided new details about a for sale sign in the yard a few weeks ago. He says based upon the deal they had, Casey and Sandy had the legal right to sell the house under a lease to purchase agreement, and that he acted as their personal lender instead of a bank.

Parsons says he talked Casey and Sandy out of selling the house and instead paid them to leave and end an eviction battle. William Parsons filed eviction paperwork claiming he was owed $26,000 in back rent and damages done to the house.

One possibility for the money Parsons says he gave Casey and Sandy to move out is a potential search for Erica out of state. Reports say they could be heading to Louisiana this week to search for Erica.

Casey and Sandy Parsons said on numerous occasions they thought Erica was in the Asheville with her biological grandmother named Irene, but who went by the nickname "Nan”.

"I think they say Nan/Irene are in Asheville, maybe they should go to Asheville first, but if they want to come, let them come," said Erica's biological mother Carolyn Parsons, who lives in Louisiana but spent weeks in Salisbury during the ongoing search for her daughter.

Carolyn Parsons doesn't think Erica is in Louisiana, but welcomes any additional help getting Erica'a name, picture and story out there, hoping it will help find her.

Erica's biological and adoptive parents do not get along.

"They aren't coming to Louisiana to look for Erica, they are coming to Louisiana to look for me, that's just how I feel," Carolyn said.

The Parsonses now say they were duped by Nan and fear Erica could be anywhere.

Nobody has been arrested or charged in Erica's disappearance.

Investigators continue to work the case around the clock and have received more than 500 calls and tips about Erica since she was reported missing two months ago.