CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) — Investigators plan to release more information Monday afternoon in connection to the discovery of Erica Parsons’ remains.
Parsons’ adoptive father led investigators to her body this week, Chesterfield County Sheriff Jay Brooks told WBTV Friday.
Parsons was reported missing from Rowan County in July of 2013, but had reportedly not been seen for two years prior to that time.
Parsons was reported missing by her adoptive brother, Jamie Parsons, who said she had not been seen since November 2011. She was reportedly adopted by Sandy and Casey Parsons at birth.
Sandy Parsons is currently serving a federal prison sentence for fraud charges in connection with cashing adoption assistance checks.
Brooks said Sandy Parsons, under the watchful eye of prison guards, pointed to a shallow grave in a heavily wooded area off Blair Hendrix Rd, in between the towns of Pageland and Mount Croghan.
“The guards that were with him took him into the woods and within a minute they were coming back out, and he was crying when he came back out,” Brooks said.
A cadaver dog indicated on the spot where Erica Parson’s body was discovered, Brooks said. within 30 to 45 minutes, investigators began finding evidence.
The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office, Rowan County District Attorney, SBI and the FBI will release information on the discovery during a press conference at 2:30 p.m. on N Main Street in Salisbury.
The case is being investigated by the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office. So far, no charges have been announced in connection with Erica Parson’s death. Chesterfield County is an assisting agency.
Brooks said bones were recovered at the scene. The North Carolina Medical Examiner’s Office positively identified the remains as Erica Parsons.
Sandy Parsons’ mother and step-father live within two miles of the crime scene. WBTV contacted Parsons’ step-father Friday, who said he and Parsons’ mother’s nerves were shocked.
He told WBTV that they did not own the land where Erica Parsons’ body was found, but said they rent a house nearby. Sandy Parsons’ step-father told WBTV that his stepson would visit a couple of times a year, particularly for holidays.
Occasionally, he said, Erica Parsons was with him. He said he had not seen the girl since 2008 or 2009.