• Third vigil held for Erica Parsons; 'For Sale' sign at Rowan Co. home

    By: Trish Williford


    ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. - People in Rowan County held a third vigil for missing teen Erica Parsons, who was last seen in 2011, but only reported missing two months ago.

    Deputies have been working with the FBI since then, but few clues are turning up.

    "She's been in our prayers for a long time and I'm hoping shell be found," said Iris Cloke.

    She said for weeks she's been hearing about Parsons' disappearance, and on Tuesday night, she felt compelled to join dozens of others in the community and pray for the missing 13-year-old girl.

    Cloke said Erica's disappearance makes her uneasy.

    "It made me feel very nervous because it could also happen to me," she said.

    Young and old, those who attended Tuesday night's vigil at Salisbury City Park lit candles in Erica's honor, forming a heart on the lawn with a single candle in the middle with Erica's picture.

    While the Salisbury community took time out to pray for Erica, a short distance away, the only home the girl ever knew is now up for sale.

    Erica's adoptive parents, Casey and Sandy Parsons, moved to Fayetteville a few weeks ago.

    On Tuesday night, Erica's biological mother attended the vigil she informed the crowd she was returning home to Louisiana, but would continue to search for Erica.

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