July 8, 2013
Court documents made public show who and what city investigators have been working on in this case since Smith disappeared in November 2012.
The documents included search warrants, emails and phone records.
The court documents show that the last person Smith interacted with by phone was Erik McFadden and the two were apparently going to meet at the Amtrak station off of West Main Street in Charlottesville.
The records show McFadden first told investigators he had no knowledge of Dashad's disappearance and did not see him on November 20th.
But later, investigators were contacted by McFadden's girlfriend at the time who said her boyfriend was missing. She also told them that in an email she received, McFadden admitted that he had seen and talked to Smith that night - the documents stated. Also in that email, McFadden says Smith was blackmailing him.
The court records state that then, suddenly, McFadden left Charlottesville without contacting his girlfriend or his employer, Sherwin-Williams and has not returned.
But McFadden's family has not filed a missing person report.
Lolita Smith, Dashad's grandmother, says he used to call her almost every night between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m. just to talk because he knew she was a night owl.
And lately, Lolita says she's been receiving calls during that same time period from a blocked number.
"And I say 'Hello? Hello?' and they just hang up and call again. And I think it's maybe you know his way of saying 'grandma, I'm still out here, you know I'm reaching out'" she said.
Police say in a summary in the documents that it is reasonable to believe that Erik McFadden does know what happened to Smith.
"Somebody out there knows what happened to my grandson," Lolita said. "We all miss him, we want him home, we just want closure. we need to know one way or the other whether he's still with us or not but in my heart I think he is."
Her daughter just had a baby girl two weeks ago and named her after Dashad.
"Her name is Sageyonna Unique Smith after her cousin, Dashad Unique Smith. We can't wait til Dashad comes home so he can meet his namesake."
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