ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. — The biological family of a Rowan County girl who has not been seen for nearly two years is speaking out about her disappearance.
Authorities said Erica Lynn Parsons has not been seen since November 19, 2011 when she was 13.
But the teen was not reported missing until July 30 of this year by her brother, James Parsons.
Erica Parsons’ adoptive parents, Casey Stone Parsons and Sandy Parsons, said Erica went to stay in Asheville with her biological grandmother, Irene “Nan” Goodman, in 2011.
The adoptive parents said Erica went for a three-week Christmas visit with Nan nearly two years ago and then called them two months later to say she wasn’t coming back.
The adoptive parents said they believed Erica would be fine, a claim they have told multiple news outlets and even “Dr. Phil” on his nationally syndicated TV show.
“She loves Nan,” Casey Parsons told WBTV. “I met Nan. I talked to Nan. Nan is a very good lady.”
The Parsonses said they took Erica to a McDonald’s in Mooresville in Nov. 2011 to catch a ride to Nan’s home in Asheville.
But Erica Parsons’ biological family said there is no Nan. They said Erica’s biological grandmother died in 2005.
“My grandmother’s real name is Chloe,” Erica’s biological cousin Christina Goodman told WSOC-TV. “We don’t have any idea who ‘Nan’ is.”
Goodman said Erica Parsons’ family has never known of an Irene in the family.
Investigators have not been able to find an Irene Goodman related to Erica Parsons.
Carolyn Parsons, Erica’s biological mother, said Erica does not have any biological relatives in the Asheville area.
Sandy Parsons, Erica’s adoptive father, took a lie detector test during a taping of the “Dr. Phil” show. The lawyer representing the adoptive parents said they went on the show to help find Erica.
The test’s results were called “strongly deceptive” by a polygraph expert, according to The Salisbury Post. Casey Parsons, the adoptive mother, did not take a lie detector test.
Search warrants were issued for the adoptive parents’ home earlier this month. Investigators seized various items including baseboards from the closet with red stains, two large knives wrapped in shrink wrap and a plastic bag with magazines about JonBenet Ramsey, a murdered 6-year-old.
Investigators also searched a storage shed owned by Erica’s adoptive parents and seized items including teeth, a hammer and a videotape.
Erica’s adoptive parents have said they believe Erica is okay and just too scared to come forward.
The adoptive parents said they believe their son reported Erica missing because he wanted to get revenge because they kicked him out of the house.
Their attorney maintains that the Parsons did not consider Erica missing because they had left her with a relative.
The youngest children of Erica’s adoptive parents, Sadie and Toby, were taken from their home the day after Erica was reported missing.
Warrants say bank records show the adoptive parents continued to cash support payments for Erica’s care after the girl had left the home. The couple has told reporters they continued to take the payments because Erica’s health insurance was tied to the payments.
Members of Erica’s biological family said they’d be willing to take care of her if she is still alive.
“I wish I could have had her,” biological Aunt Teresa Goodman told WSOC-TV. “It would have been different.”
Casey and Sandy Parsons took custody of Erica as an infant because her biological family could not reportedly provide for her.
Billboards featuring age-progressed photos of Erica Parsons are planned to go up around Charlotte in an effort to help gain more publicity on the missing teen.
A reward of $15,000 is being offered in the teen’s disappearance, $10,000 from Rowan County deputies and $5,000 from Dr. Phil.
More coverage: WSOC-TV