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Dashad Smith's Family to Councilors: City Isn't Doing Enough

December 3, 2012

The family of missing Charlottesville man Dashad Smith told city council at its meeting Monday that city officials aren't doing enough to find the 19-year-old.

"The police department has not done what it needs to do to find our child," Kenneth Jackson, Smith's second cousin, told councilors during public comment.

Smith's family and supporters were in attendance Monday night telling city councilors it's their job to ensure police are doing everything to find the 19-year-old transgender man and get him home safely. The family wants local authorities to call in help from other agencies, like Albemarle County, Virginia State Police and the FBI.

"We shouldn't need an outside source to make sure the police department is doing everything in their power to find Dashad, and that includes reaching out to the state police," Jackson said.

Charlottesville Police said Monday they are treating Smith's missing person case like any other. Police ask anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 434-977-4000.

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