Federal investigators have joined in the search for a teen girl, who was reported missing nearly two years after she was last seen, after her parents became "increasingly uncooperative," investigators say.
According to the Rowan County Sheriff's Office, the FBI has joined deputies in the search for now 15-year-old Erica Lynn Parsons.
Parsons was reported missing on July 30 to the Sheriff's Office by a step-sibling, investigators told WBTV. She was last seen on November 19, 2011 at a home along the 200-block of Miller Chapel Road in Salisbury.
Deputies say Parsons was last seen by her step-brother, James Parsons, when she was 13-years-old.
James Parsons told investigators that his parents said Erica went to stay with other family members, when he asked where she was.
He contacted police about Erica last week after recently moving out of his parents' home.
Deputies say Erica's adoptive parents, Casey Stone Parsons and Sandy Parsons, initially talked with investigators, but became increasingly uncooperative.
"The parents have since hired a local attorney and refuse to cooperate further with Sheriff's Investigators in this case," deputies told WBTV.
That attorney, Carlyle Sherrill, told WBTV that his clients were contacted by the Erica's birth mother in 2011. She introduced the family to a couple, some type of distant relative, who supposedly lived in the Asheville area.
Sherrill says the Parsons let Erica visit the couple three times and after the third visit Erica never came back home.
"In February 2012, they received a phone call from her and she let them know in no uncertain terms she didn't want to come back," Sherrill told WBTV. "This is a rebellious teenager who seemed to be safe, seemed to be where she wants to be."
Sherrill says the couple didn't report Erica missing because they thought she just decided not to come back.
Investigators say the information about Erica being in Asheville was not true.
"[The Parsons] cooperated entirely, did everything they could to help but then when they started pointing the finger at them they said 'Wait a minute'," Sherrill told WBTV.
Attorney Sherrill says the case is unusual.
"Strange, strange" he says. "Circumstances are odd but there's a long way from odd circumstances to a crime being committed."
Neighbors tell WBTV the Parsons home-schooled Erica. They say they haven't seen her around.
Erica is believed to be just over four-feet tall and is known to be small for her age. She had brown hair and brown eyes with fair skin.
If you have information about Erica Lynn Parsons, you are asked to call the Rowan County Sheriff's Office at 704-216-8700.
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