According to North Carolina officials, 15-year-old Erica Parsons was reported missing by her brother, James, on July 30th. He told investigators he hadn’t seen her since November of 2011. Sandy and Casey Parsons, Erica’s adoptive parents told James that Erica was living with her biological grandmother. They repeated this in interviews recently with media outlets and on the Dr. Phil show. The Parsons claim they haven’t spoken with their daughter since February of 2012, but online conversations discovered by WBTV show a different story.
Casey Parsons was in constant contact with Erica’s biological mother, Carolyn about the teen’s life starting in 2010 and going to as recently as March of 2013.
“I thank God everyday you gave us Erica,” Casey Parsons told Carolyn. “I know that was very hard, but at that time you made the right choice…I know you have always loved your kids. I thank you so much Carolyn for giving me Erica…”
On January 5, 2011, the conversations state that Casey and Erica met with Carolyn in person.
“I am mainly waiting until Erica tells me she wants another visit,” Casey wrote. “Right now she hasn’t really said a word. The only thing she really has said is to let her decide when she wants to visit again. So I don’t want to push her. Erica and I are very close…”
In February of 2011, messages originating from Casey’s account were supposedly written by Erica, which said, “These are my mom and dad and I don’t think as you being my mom. Maybe in a long time I will see you again. Please stop writing my mom because I don’t like her talking to you a lot. I don’t mean to be mean because I am not a mean person I just want my mom and me to be close…”
Several days later, Erica reportedly tells Carolyn that if her mother didn’t get better from an illness that she would stay with her adoptive father, Sandy. “My Mom said she would help me find my birth father. I don’t want but one mom and Casey is my Mom and the only one I want…” Erica wrote.
Carolyn told Erica that she never wanted her to think of her as “mom”, U also have other brothers and [a] sister. Is that [sic] any way u can give me chance…” The Parsons told investigators that Erica went to live with her biological grandmother in November of 2011. They said they last spoke to her in February of 2012. During that time frame, messages were sent from Carolyn to Casey, but were not returned. In February of 2013, nearly a year after Casey Parsons says she spoke to Erica, she wrote Carolyn, “Carolyn, Erica is doing perfect. Don’t know why all these rumors are floating around about where she is. Sandy and I still have custody of Erica and she is our daughter. We are, as parents, can allow our children to spend the night or even week with anyone who we see fit. Erica is still OUR daughter.”
She told Carolyn that she hadn’t sent any pictures because Erica told her not to, “I’m not going to be mean. I have never hated you and I never will. You have been through a lot in you life. I talk with Erica and try to explain this so she will start to accept you. Just today I said something to her…” There are similar conversations over the next several months, including one where Casey tells Carolyn that they will be doing a family portrait soon and sending her a copy, the three of them could meet again, and not to worry about Erica.
In their last conversation, Casey told Carolyn that it would be awhile until she wrote her again. She said Brook, another daughter of the Parsons, and Erica were going to Asheville for the weekend. Erica was getting tutoring in math. She said that she talked to Erica about getting her driver’s permit as well. She also told Carolyn that someone had hacked her Facebook account and had been sending out weird messages.
Investigators have no proof that Erica went to live with a biological grandmother. The biological mother, Carolyn, insisted that the grandmother doesn’t exist at all in a recent interview. (more…)