November 20, 2013
It's been 51 weeks since Dashad “Sage” Smith disappeared and Charlottesville Police say they are still actively searching for him, asking the community for help.
The Albemarle-Charlottesville branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was once active in the search for Dashad. Now the president of the branch says that their involvement is no longer necessary.
“The NAACP has been involved and we will continue to be involved if there is an issue of protest, if there is an issue of discrimination, if there is an issue of racism,” says Dr. Rick Turner. “Right now, we don't know because the person is still missing.”
Dashad has been missing since November 20th of 2012. He was last seen in the 500 block of West Main St.
Police believed that Erik McFadden was involved in his disappearance, but still continue to search for more clues.
“My communication with the police, they have appeared to have done as much as they can do without this being a criminal act,” says Turner.
He believes all the NAACP can do at this point is pray.
“If he is alive and I hope he is alive, he has his own right to disassociate himself from his friends and family and he has a reason for that,” says Turner. “We don't know what the reason is.”
“I hope he's still alive, I believe he's still alive and I believe that he will come home.”
Charlottesville Police released information today about the investigation. A tip led them to the Tidewater region of Virginia, but they continue to ask the community for help in finding Dashad.