Search warrants released in South Carolina say the adoptive father of a teenager who disappeared in 2011 told investigators that he buried her shortly before Christmas that year and then agreed to lead them to the spot.

Local media outlets report new information in the case of Erica Parsons was revealed in a search warrant released in Chesterfield County, South Carolina, on Wednesday.

The warrants said Sandy Parsons was in prison when he told a Rowan County, North Carolina, sheriff's detective in August that Erica was long dead and her body could be found in rural South Carolina.

Testimony at the trial of Casey and Sandy Parsons unveiled a pattern of abusing Erica, who lived with the family from 2000 until she disappeared in 2011 at age 13.