• TIMELINE of the Erica Parsons case

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    Feb. 24, 1998 Erica Parsons born to Carolyn Parsons.

    1998 Casey Stone Parsons and Sandy Parsons, Erica’s uncle and aunt, adopt Erica.

    March 2002 Department of Social Services investigates accusations of abuse to Erica. DSS found no signs of abuse.

    Nov. 19, 2011 Erica Parsons last seen by adoptive brother.

    Feb. 2012 Attorney for adoptive parents say couple had last conversation with Erica. 

    June 2012 Missing persons report filed for Erica’s adoptive sister, Brook Parsons. She came home while investigators were there.

    July 30, 2013 Erica Parsons reported missing by adoptive brother.

    July 31, 2013 Casey and Sandy Parsons' two youngest children removed from the home.

    Aug. 6, 2013 Rowan County Sheriff’s Office says Erica Parsons’ adoptive parents not cooperating.

    Aug. 12, 2013 Erica Parsons’ biological mother returns to N.C. from New Orleans to speak with investigators. Casey and Sandy Parsons film a segment in L.A. for the Dr. Phil show.

    Aug. 14, 2013 Police, SBI and FBI search the home of Erica Parsons' adoptive parents.

    Aug. 15, 2013 Search warrants released after search of home, adoptive mother hospitalized.

    Aug. 16, 2013 Casey and Sandy Parsons served with juvenile summons.

    Aug. 20 & 21, 2013: Casey and Sandy Parsons appear on Dr. Phil show to talk about case.

    Aug. 21, 2013: Search warrant executed on storage shed on the China Grove property of Sandy Parsons' father.

    Aug. 22, 2013: Casey and Sandy Parsons appear in court to fight for custody of their two youngest children.

    Aug. 23, 2013: Neighbors hold vigil for Erica Parsons outside her home.

    Aug. 26, 2013: 15 billboards featuring Erica Parsons to be put up around the Charlotte area. Casey and Sandy Parsons again interviewed by the FBI.

    Aug. 27, 2013: Casey and Sandy Parsons packed a moving truck at their Salisbury home and moved to Fayetteville to escape media attention

    Sept. 1, 2013: Erica Pasons' biological mother told Eyewitness news that she is now pushing for a law named "Erica" that will demand more oversight for home schooling in North Carolina.

    Sept. 4, 2013: Detectives said there is no video evidence that relates to the case after surveillance video was taken from a home across the Parsons’ former home.

    Sept. 12, 2013: Parsons attend custody meeting at Rowan County DSS.  They are led into a special back entrance into DSS to avoid media attention.

    Sept. 17, 2013: People in Rowan County held a third vigil for Erica Parsons.

    Sept. 25, 2013: The adoptive family of Erica Parsons was evicted from their Salisbury home.

    Oct. 9, 2013: Rowan County Emergency Services said they are turning over evidence to the FBI after a fire at the former home of Erica Parsons.

    Nov. 13, 2013: The adoptive grandfather of a missing Rowan County teenager said he regrets not asking more questions about her disappearance.

    Dec. 23, 2013: A search warrant states a cadaver dog has found the possibility of human remains in connection with the search for a missing Rowan County teen.

    Jan. 16, 2014: Judge orders Parsons' children to stay with their aunt and are not going back to their parents, Sandy and Casey Parsons.

    Jan. 30, 2014: The FBI is offering an additional $25,000 reward in connection to the Erica Parsons case. The Rowan County Sheriff's Office was already offering $10,000 in the case.

    April 15, 2014: DHHS removed Casey and Sandy Parsons' two youngest children from their custodial home because of major behavioral issues.

    May 14, 2014: Dozens of people have signed a petition asking Gov. Pat McCrory to get involved in the search for a missing Rowan County girl.

    June 24, 2014: Lead detective in Parsons' case leaves Sheriff's Office.

    July 2, 2014: Biological mother of Erica Parsons plans vigial ahead of one-year anniversary of her disappearance.

    July 18, 2014: FBI agents continue to interview the adoptive parents of a missing Rowan County teenager and they are also tailing the couple’s movements.

    July 30, 2014: Sandy and Casey Parsons, the adoptive parents of Erica Parsons, were arrested on 76 fraud and identity theft charges.

    Aug. 1, 2014: Vigil held for Erica Parsons.

    Aug. 6, 2014: Adoptive parents of Erica Parsons plead not guilty to fraud charges.

    Aug. 13, 2014: Casey and Sandy Parsons file to continue fraud case.

    Aug. 19, 2014: Judge continues Parsons trial until mid-October.

    Oct. 13, 2014: Jury selection begins in Sandy Parsons fraud, ID theft trial.

    Oct. 27, 2014: Jury convicts Sandy Parsons on 43 counts of embezzlement, mail fraud.

    Dec. 11, 2014: A hearing scheduled to determine if the parents would lose all rights to two of their children was continued.

    Jan. 30, 2015: A motion was filed to delay the sentencing of Casey Parsons.

    Feb. 18, 2015: Sentencing for the Parsons was adjourned and rescheduled for March.

    March 27, 2015: Casey and Sandy Parsons sentenced

    Jan. 28, 2016: Judge denies appeal by Erica Parsons’ adoptive father

    July 28, 2016: FBI releases new poster in search for Erica Parson

    Sept. 27, 2016: Erica Parsons’ body was found in a field in Chesterfield County. Investigators said her adoptive father, Sandy Parsons, told them where she was buried.

    July 18, 2017: The Rowan County community holds a funeral service and Erica Parsons is finally laid to rest.

    Jan. 9, 2018: Erica Parsons' autopsy released

    Feb. 20, 2018: Casey and Sandy Parsons are charged with first-degree murder, felony child abuse, felony concealment of death, and obstruction of justice in connection with Erica Parsons' death.

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