Missing girl's disappearance driving wedge between family members

Missing girl's disappearance driving wedge between family members

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by RAD BERKY / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on August 23, 2013 at 5:11 AM

Updated Friday, Aug 23 at 5:20 AM

SALISBURY, N.C. -- The mystery surround the disappearance of Salisbury teenager Erica Parsons seems to have driven a wedge between members of the Parsons family.

There are those who believe the story that her adoptive parents Sandy and Casey Parsons told, that Erica was sent to stay with her maternal grandmother two years ago.

And there are others, like Sandy's own brother, Scott Parsons, who are now openly questioning that explanation.

FBI agents arrived at Scott's home in Harrisburg Thursday afternoon to question him about what he knows concerning Erica and her life with her adoptive parents.

Scott Parsons now says he was the relative who first went to police and told them Erica was missing, and he had not seen her for two years.

In his first public comment, Scott Parsons issued a written statement calling on his brother Sandy to come clean.

He wrote, "Sandy needs to be a man and step forward with the truth so we can locate Erica."

In a previous interview with NBC Charlotte, both Sandy and Casey Parsons said they believed Erica was alive and well and just might be afraid to come home.

However, Sandy's own step mother has said that she thought Sandy might know more about what happened than he was saying.

Scott Parsons said he planned to be at a vigil for Erica Friday night, outside the home on Miller Chapel Road where Erica lived.

He wrote, "Thank you Rowan County community for stepping up for Erica...God bless and God be with Erica."

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