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Reward in Dashad Smith Missing Person Case Up to $20K

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DaShad 'Sage' Smith DaShad 'Sage' Smith
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Erik McFadden Erik McFadden
Erik McFadden Erik McFadden

The reward in the disappearance of Dashad Smith is now up to $20,000. This week marks two years since Smith disappeared.

Dashad Smith, also known as Sage - a transgender woman - was last seen at about 5 p.m. November 20, 2012 walking toward the West Main Street Arena.

Police say Smith had been in contact with Erik McFadden.

The two reportedly planned to meet, and after Smith vanished, McFadden agreed to talk to investigators, but then disappeared as well. Police call McFadden a person of interest.

A vigil is set for this Thursday.

Charlottesville Police Department Press Release

November 20, 2014 marks the 2-year anniversary of the disappearance of Dashad Laquinn Smith, known to friends and family as Sage Smith, a resident of the City of Charlottesville. Sage Smith left an apartment on Harris Street walking toward the West Main Street area to meet an acquaintance, Erik Tyquan McFadden. 

Smith was last seen near the intersection of West Main Street at 4th Street NW at 6:30 PM, talking on a cell phone. Smith's phone records indicate the cell phone communications stopped shortly after this last sighting on West Main Street. Smith has not been seen or heard from since. 

McFadden left Charlottesville shortly after Smith was reported missing. McFadden called an investigator a few days later. He told them he was in New York but would be returning to Charlottesville to speak with them the following day. McFadden never returned and has not been seen since. Information received during the investigation suggests McFadden has traveled south, possibly to South Carolina and Georgia.

Sage Smith is a transgender person who would now be 21 years old. Sage is 5'08” tall and weighed approximately 130 pounds. Sage's left eyebrow was pierced at the time of the disappearance.

Erik McFadden is 5'10” tall and approximately 150 pounds. He had dreadlocks at the time he left Charlottesville. He would now be 23 years old. McFadden has family in Maryland and South Carolina. His family has reported they have not seen or heard from McFadden since he left Charlottesville.

The Charlottesville Police Department believes Erik McFadden may have vital information related to the disappearance of Sage Smith. He is considered a person of interest and Investigators are willing to speak to him whenever and wherever he wishes.

If you have information as to McFadden's whereabouts or information related to the investigation please contact Detective Ron Stayments of the Charlottesville Police Department at 434-970-3369 or Crimestoppers at 434-977-4000. 

Please note that an additional $10,000 is being added to the reward fund by the City of Charlottesville bringing the total reward to $20,000 for any information that leads to the return of Sage Smith or to the arrest of the person responsible for Sage's disappearance.

Sage's family and friends will be holding a candlelight vigil to mark the 2 year anniversary of Sage's disappearance this coming Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 731 Orangedale Avenue, Charlottesville, Virginia.