Next stop for Parsons family: Fayetteville Loading efforts continue at Miller Chapel Road home

Sandy Parsons, right, moves items from the family’s house Wednesday on Miller Chapel Road.
Sandy Parsons, right, moves items from the family’s house Wednesday on Miller Chapel Road.

After nearly a month of being in the media spotlight, Sandy and Casey Parsons, the adoptive parents of missing teen Erica Parsons, are moving to Fayetteville.

The couple spent much of Tuesday and Wednesday loading furniture and other items into a U-Haul moving truck.


Casey Parsons has not been seen in days, but husband, Sandy, was loading a U-Haul truck Tuesday and Wednesday. He’s been assisted by daughter-in-law, Kayla Parsons, and a family friend.

A spokesman for the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office has said the agency is aware the family is moving and will remain in contact with the Parsonses and their attorney.

The Parsonses’ son, Sandy Jr., and wife, Kayla, live in Fayetteville.

A Post reporter attempted to speak with Sandy Parsons at his home, but he did not respond. A Post reporter asked Kayla Parsons for a comment, but she said no.

Sandy Parsons did speak with WBTV’s David Whisenant earlier on Wednesday, apologizing for trying to run over the TV reporter with the moving truck on Tuesday.

Whisenant along with a Post reporter and a cameraman from WCCB were across the street when Sandy Parsons made a wide ride turn out of his driveway. He came close to hitting the reporters.

Sandy Parsons then yelled as he parked the moving truck along the roadside at the edge of his yard.

Parsons would not speak on camera, but he explained a few things regarding the search of his home. Since he was a butcher at a local Food Lion, he said it was not unusual to have knives, and plenty of butchers wrap them in shrink wrap. He also told the TV reporter he and his wife kept all of their children’s teeth, like plenty of other parents.

He also said family members have reported seeing Erica as recently as a few weeks ago. Someone in his family reported seeing Erica at a rest stop. Parsons said he asked the family member why they called him and not law enforcement. Parsons also said he wants his two youngest children returned home.

The Rowan Department of Social Services removed the youngest children, ages 7 and 9, from the home two days after law enforcement began speaking with the Parsonses.

Parsons said he also didn’t believe a Rowan County judge would give the children back.

Parsons said he and his family have received numerous death threats, weird phone calls and people driving past the home honking the horn and yelling things.

The couple’s attorney, Carlyle Sherrill, told a Post reporter Wednesday morning that the couple were “frustrated and understandably so,” after all of the attention.

He said another reason they are moving is Casey is continuing to recover after surgery and the house was “ransacked” during law enforcement’s search.

Sherrill also said neighbors have said things to the family. When asked if the Parsonses had received death threats, Sherrill said he was not aware of any.

In the time a Post reporter was at the Parsonses’ Salisbury home, a number of motorists drove by and honked, shouting toward the house. Some put up their middle finger.

Sherrill said he doesn’t believe it will be difficult for the Parsonses to stay in Fayetteville and he says they are just a phone call and drive away from Salisbury.

He and law enforcement have said there is nothing wrong with the family leaving the area since they have not been charged with any crime.

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It was a few weeks ago Rowan County Sheriff’s investigators, the State Bureau of Investigations and FBI descended upon the Miller Chapel Road home to search for evidence relating to the disappearance of daughter, Erica, 15. She hasn’t been seen since November 2011 and was reported missing by adoptive brother, James, on July 30.

Sandy and Casey maintain they did not harm their daughter, but merely allowed her stay with her biological grandmother, Irene Goodman, whom they knew as Nan.

Goodman family members have told the Post that Irene Goodman does not exist. The Goodmans said there was a grandmother, Chloe, who died in 2005.

Law enforcement authorities have also not been able to find Irene Goodman and have said the Parsonses have been uncooperative from the beginning.

Family members have said the Parsonses abused Erica physically and mentally, which they deny. The couple have said they believe Erica is scared to come forward because of the attention.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Erica Parsons is asked to contact the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office at 704-216-8700.

Contact reporter Shavonne Potts at 704-797-4253. Twitter: www.twitter.com/salpostpotts Facebook: www.facebook.com/Shavonne.SalisburyPost.


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