Missing teen's parents pack moving truck a second day

Missing teen's parents pack moving truck a second day

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by RAD BERKY / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on August 28, 2013 at 11:19 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 29 at 9:35 AM

SALISBURY, N.C. -- The adoptive parents of Erica Parsons spent a second day moving their belongings out of their home in Salisbury.

Their attorney, Carlyle Sherrill said he believes they are moving to the Fayetteville area to be closer to a son who is in the military.

Sherrill said Casey and Sandy Parsons have been under intense scrutiny from investigators, the media and the public since their adopted daughter Erica was reported missing a month ago.

The parents said she was unhappy living at home in Salisbury and they sent her to live with her maternal grandmother in Asheville two years ago when she was 13.

Investigators have said they do not believe the parents are telling the truth about what happened to Erica and Erica's biological grandmother, Carolyn Parsons said that grandmother has been dead for five years.

During the time Erica has been gone from her adoptive parents, they have admitted they continued to collect payments estimated at about $600 a month for her care.

Their attorney was asked Wednesday if they were continuing to collect those payments.

"I don't think they are," said Sherrill, who also said the payments were stopped at the time the investigation into what happened to Erica had started.

Investigators said in a search warrant for the Parsons' financial records that there was a possibility that fraud had been committed.

The TV pictures of the family loading up their belongings and driving away has been the talk of the town in Salisbury.

At the Checkered Flag Bar-B-Que, one city resident, Karen Owen said, "The concern for the little girl, it'll always be there.  They can go anywhere, any state, but justice will find them."

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