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Birthday Vigil Held For Missing Teen

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A local church held a birthday vigil for missing Rowan County teenager Erica Parsons. Parsons hasn't been seen since November 2011. She wasn't reported missing until July 2013.

The Rowan County Sheriff's Office says Erica's adoptive parents, Casey and Sandy Parsons, haven't been truthful about Erica's disappearance. Casey and Sandy claim Erica went to live with her biological grandmother, but authorities say that person does not exist.

Breakthrough Faith Church in Kannapolis is held a "Sweet 16" birthday party for Erica Monday. If she's still alive, she turned 16 Monday. The church had a birthday cake, a candlelight ceremony, and they sang "Happy Birthday" to Erica. Pastor Jenna Cloke says, "We all have children. I have children. If it was my child, if it was your child, we'd want to keep it in the media as much as we possibly can."

Stephanie Overly, a mother of four children, attended the vigil. Like many of the people who participated in the birthday party, Overly does not know Erica, but she wants to help draw attention to Erica's disappearance. Overly says, "It's just a sad situation, would like to see justice served, no matter what the deal is with it."

The FBI is offering $25,000, in addition to $10,000 already being offered by the Rowan County Sheriff's Office, for information that can lead authorities to Erica Parsons. If you have information, please call the Rowan County Sheriff's Office at 704-216-8687 or the Charlotte FBI Office at 704-672-6100.


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