ROWAN COUNTY, NC (FOX 46) - Erica Parsons was laid to rest five-years after she was reported missing in Rowan County.
A memorial service was held at First Baptist Church of Salisbury on Saturday afternoon.
Family, friends, law enforcement and even people who did not know Parsons were on hand.
"This case has affected all of us in a way that's unmeasurable," Rowan County Sheriff Kevin Auten said. "I've got folks who work with me that I worry about, how it's going to affect them."
Erica's remains have been released from the North Carolina Medical Examiner's Office and were returned to Rowan County, according to a press release.
Erica's body was found in September 2016 buried in a shallow grave in Chesterfield County after her adoptive father, Sandy Parsons told authorities where she was buried.
Erica, 13, was first reported missing by her adoptive brother in July 2013, but had not been seen since November or December 2011. Her adoptive parents, Sandy and Casey, are currently serving sentences in separate federal prisons after being convicted of fraud for taking federal adoption assistance money meant for Erica long after the teen was gone from their home.
Search warrants detail the horrific treatment Erica Parsons endured at the hands of her adoptive father, prior to her disappearance and death. The treatment included, but was not limited to, locking Erica in a closet, beating her with a belt buckle, bending her fingers back and choking her, according to the warrants. In the warrant, Sandy Parsons admits that his adoptive daughter's remains were discarded on December 19, 2011.
Saturday February 25th 2017 2:00PM
First Baptist Church Salisbury
223 North Fulton Street
2:00PM Funeral Service to begin (1 hour)
3:00PM Travel to West Lawn Memorial Park
(Fulton St, Liberty St, Main St, Main St China Grove to West Lawn Park)
West Lawn memorial Park
1350 South Main Street
China Grove NC
3:30 Grave side service