Concert planned for Erica

KANNAPOLIS — Organizers have planned an October gospel concert in honor of missing teen Erica Lynn Parsons. Parsons, 15, has been missing since late 2011, but was just reported missing nearly two months ago.

Brian “Capa” Young, a Rowan native, along with Crystal Pope, have organized the concert, which will be held in Kannapolis.

Young, a Lexington, gospel hip hop artist, has said he was touched by the story of Erica’s disappearance and wanted to help spread the word. He’s written a song that he’s posted on Youtube and will perform that song at the concert. The concert is Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. at Livingwater Church of God, 166 N. Little Texas Road. Pope attends the church, he said.

The church holds 800 people and the organizers hope to fill the place with supporters.

The two organized a Tuesday candlelight vigil, the third such vigil this month, which was held at Salisbury City Park.

James Parsons, Erica’s adoptive brother, reported to local authorities that he had not seen the teen in more than a year.

Investigators with the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office say they’ve not gotten cooperation from the girl’s adoptive parents, Casey and Sandy Parsons.

The couple told authorities they let Erica stay with her biological grandmother, a woman they knew as Irene “Nan” Goodman, who lived in Asheville.

Investigators, which include state and federal authorities, have said Goodman does not exist.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Erica Parsons is asked to contact the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office at 704-216-8700 or Crime Stoppers at 1-866-639-5245.

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