Carolyn Parsons, the biological mother of Rowan County teenager Erica Parsons, says she doesn't have closure, after her daughter’s remains were found nearly five years after she vanished, but she’s grateful her daughter will finally be laid to rest.
“No one should say goodbye to a 13 year old child, who was pure,” Carolyn Parsons said.
For years, Carolyn never knew what happened to her daughter who disappeared almost five years ago. Just last week, Erica’s remains were found in a shallow grave in Chesterfield County.
“I don’t have closure. They say it gets easier. I get angrier,” Carolyn said.
Carolyn gave Erica up for adoption to give her a better life. But according to court testimony, Erica was tortured by her adoptive family, beaten with a belt, and locked in a closet.
Erica’s adoptive parents, Casey and Sandy Parsons are in prison for fraud related to Erica’s disappearance, but they haven’t been charged in her death, even though authorities say Sandy Parsons led them to the place where Erica’s body was buried.
“Hell is going to become more real. They’re not going to feel what I feel. They’re not going to feel what anybody else feels. They’re going to feel worse. I hope it destroys them,” Carolyn Parsons said.
Carolyn Parsons is talking with Fox 46 Charlotte exclusively for the first time since her daughter’s remains were found because she wants to keep Erica’s memory alive.
Carolyn is working with the community on a benefit concert to raise money for memorials for Erica.
“She is a free spirit, she’s no longer trapped, she’s no longer scared, she’s in heaven playing away,” Carolyn said.
Prevent Child Abuse Rowan is collecting donations in Erica’s memory. You can mail donations to:
Prevent Child Abuse Rowan County
130 Woodson Street
Salisbury, NC 28144
Be sure to indicate that you want the donation to go towards "Erica's Angel."
There will be a benefit concert to raise money for Erica Parsons' memorials on Oct. 22 starting at noon at Tilley Harley-Davidson. The location is 653 Bendix Drive in Salisbury. The concert is free, but donations will be taken for Erica's memorials.