Chester Price and his now-deceased accomplice were the main suspects in the killing of 10-year-old Andrea Parsons on the evening of July 11, 1993, in Port Salerno. Now, after serving only three years and five months of his 10-year sentence at the Dade Correctional Facility, Price was scheduled to be released Thursday, much to the chagrin of Andrea’s mother.
“I’m shocked,” said Linda Parsons, who now lives in Northwest Florida. Due to Price's release, Parsons said she did not feel comfortable publishing exactly where she lives.
Price is going to be released to the Florida Civil Commitment Center in Arcadia. The FCCC provides sex offenders committed under The Involuntary Civil Commitment of Sexually Violent Predators Act with comprehensive psychological counseling in the hopes of reintegrating the sex offender back into society without recidivism.
“I’m hoping that it’s for a long-term evaluation,” Parsons said, “because if he gets there and they talk to him and find out what he did, he is not going to get released anytime soon, I’m pretty sure.”
Initially, Price was going to be released without any further supervision. Parsons hopes that during the evaluation at FCCC, her child’s killer will come clean.
“They will have a long-term evaluation to reintegrate him back into society, which is probably not possible,” said Parsons.
On the evening of July 11, 1993, 10-year-old Andrea Parsons went to Bucky's Grocery Store in Port Salerno near Port St. Lucie to buy some candy and chips while her mother was working the night shift in the deli at Winn-Dixie.
Chester Price and accomplice Claude Davis (who lived across the street from the Parsonses ) grabbed Andrea as she was leaving the store, tossed her into a van and eventually killed her, although her remains were never found, according to news accounts at the time.
Linda said that she never interacted with Davis, who kept to himself and lived in a camper across the street.
“He didn’t come out and walk around. He just got out and pulled out in his truck and he never talked to nobody, and I never talked to him, neither. I never knew who he was.”
According to Parsons, Davis, who was arrested a few months after Andrea’s disappearance, told police that Price grabbed Andrea, put her in the van and then tried to kiss her, but she bit his thumb and made him bleed. But Davis' story kept changing, Parsons said.
“First he said (Price) hit her with a tire iron, then he said he hit her with his fist,” Parsons said of Davis’ statements.
The charges against Davis eventually were dropped for lack of evidence. Price was eventually arrested in 2012 — nearly 20 years later — after investigators traveled to Alabama to question him after he was charged in an unrelated assault case, according to news accounts. He was convicted of aggravated manslaughter of a child and kidnapping-aggravated child abuse in the Parsons' case.
Now he is scheduled to be released Thursday. The time Davis will spend at the FCCC is undetermined.
“All the people sent to the Florida Civil Commitment Center are there long term, and the ones who were sent there were never released, so I hope it’s long term,” Parsons said.