UPDATE: Transgender Virginia teen missing 16 days

Posted at 6:56 PM, Nov 28, 2012
and last updated 2012-12-06 17:51:48-05

Dashad Laquinn Smith

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WTVR) – Dashad Laquinn Smith was last seen on Tuesday, November 20, in the 500 block of West Main Street.

Charlottesville Police said that Smith had phone contact with Erik T. McFadden that Tuesday and then told friends he was going to meet someone on West Main Street.

Smith has not been seen or heard from since.  McFadden, who at the time was living on 14th Street NW, confirmed to Investigators that he did have phone contact with Smith and planned to meet Smith near the Amtrak Station on West Main Street.

McFadden told police the meeting never took place.  Police have reason to believe that McFadden has now left the Charlottesville area.

Erik Mcfadden

Police  and family report that Smith occasionally wears women’s clothes and goes by the name Sage.

Smith’s mother, Latasha Grooms, said she went to pick up her son in Charlottesville for Thanksgiving and was unable to find him.

Smith is 19 years old, 5’11”, 130 pounds and was last seen wearing a black jacket, dark grey sweat pants, black scarf and grey boots.

Flyers have been distributed around Charlottesville and a candlelight vigil will be held Wednesday night, Nov. 28, at Lee Park.

A facebook page has been created for Dashad and can be found here:

If you have information on Dashad Laquinn Smith or Erik McFadden or any knowledge of this case please contact Sgt. Marc Brake at 434-970-3970 or Crimestoppers at 434-977-4000.