The biological mother of missing 15-year-old Erica Parsons began speaking to the media Wednesday.
Carolyn Parsons, who had given up Erica for adoption as an infant, says the last time she saw the teen was in January 2011 along with the adoptive parents, Casey and Sandy Parsons, who apparently have moved this week from their home in Salisbury, N.C.
Sandy Parsons and two others were seen loading personal belongings into several vehicles on Tuesday. His wife was not seen at the home.
In an interview with HLN affiliate WCNC, Carolyn said that she was not sure why the adoptive parents were exiting town or why they had never made a public plea for the special needs teen.
However, Carlyle Sherrill, Sandy and Casey's attorney, told the station they were “tired of the attention and tired of TV crews that have been staking out their house,” but added that they continue to fully cooperate with authorities.
The 15 year old has been missing for almost two years. She was only recently reported missing by her step-brother James Parson. Erica’s adoptive parents insist though that their daughter is not missing, claiming that she has been living with Irene “Nan” Goodman, a woman who they believe is Erica’s biological grandmother. Police don't know if this grandmother actually exists.
Carolyn also told WCNC that she was only “doing what she thought was best for Erica when she gave her up for adoption,” but maintains that the investigation, which now includes local, state and federal agents, needs to focus on finding the missing teen.
The Parsons family is reportedly moving in with relatives elsewhere, the Salisbury Post reports.
Anyone with information about Erica Parsons’ whereabouts is urged to contact the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office at 704-216-8700.