August 18, 2013
It's been 15 days since Nelson County teen Alexis Murphy went missing, but one Charlottesville family has been waiting nine months for any sort of answers in their case.
"That's my baby out there, and I want him home," said Lolita Smith, grandmother of Dashad Smith.
Tuesday will mark nine months since Dashad "Sage" Smith disappeared.
"We have no answers," she said. "Nobody can give us answers."
Lolita Smith says the search for Alexis Murphy has been very emotional for her. Even though Charlottesville Police have been in touch with the family about the search for Dashad, she says they rarely have new details to share.
"I'm not trying to bash the Charlottesville Police Department, but I really do feel that they could've done a lot more than what they are doing," she said.
With helicopters, scent dogs and the FBI on the search for Alexis, Lolita Smith says Charlottesville Police lost valuable time in the days and weeks following his Nov. 20 disappearance.
Lolita Smith reached out to Trina Murphy, Alexis' great aunt.
"Maybe they can point us in some kind of direction as to how to get the ball rolling because after nine months, that is just totally ridiculous."
Lolita Smith says as people report tips in the search for Alexis Murphy, she hopes tips will also come in for her grandson.
The family plans to post hundreds of flyers in the Charlottesville area over the coming days.