Search for missing teen leads to Henrico landfill

Posted at 4:30 PM, Dec 17, 2012
and last updated 2012-12-18 07:57:09-05

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HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) - Investigators from Charlottesville are searching an eastern Henrico landfill for clues into the disappearance of a Charlottesville teenager. Dashad Laquinn Smith, 19, was last seen on November 20.

A Charlottesville police spokesman would not say what specifically investigators were looking for - only that they were hoping to find evidence.

Charlottesville Police Lt. Ronnie Roberts said investigators could be in the area for as many as two days.

CBS 6 senior reporter Wayne Covil said he has seen at least a dozen people walking around a specific area of the landfill. He said police have set up two tents and a light tower. There are also two dogs helping with the search.

Police and family said Smith occasionally wore women’s clothes and went 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.

Dashad Laquinn Smith

Dashad Laquinn Smith

Smith was last seen wearing a black jacket, dark grey sweat pants, black scarf and grey boots.

If you have information please contact Sgt. Marc Brake at 434-970-3970 or Crimestoppers at 434-977-4000.

This is a developing story.