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Missing Teen: DaShad Laquinn Smith

DaShad Laquinn Smith, aka Sage

DaShad Laquinn Smith, aka Sage

Transgender teen DaShad Smith has been missing since about 6:30 p.m. November 20, 2012. She was in Charlottesville, Virginia, meeting a man for a date. DaShad was last seen in Charlottesville on the 500 block of West Main Street. Her mother, Latasha Grooms reportedly went to pick up DaShad in Charlottesville for the Thanksgiving holiday, and could not find her. Family and friends told reporters that it is out of character for her to vanish without a word, and there has reportedly been no activity on her Facebook page or cell phone. Charlottesville Police Lt. Ronnie Roberts said, “During the holiday season, this is generally the time families come together, and when you have that missing person there at the holiday dinner, that’s pretty important and we try to do what we can.”

Cross dressed DaShad may go by the names Sage, Sagey or Unique. The youth is described as black, with black hair and brown eyes, 5-feet 8-inches tall, weighing 130 pounds, with a piercing in the left eyebrow, last seen wearing a black jacket, dark gray sweat pants, a black scarf and gray boots. Anyone who has seen or heard from DaShad is urged to call Crimestoppers at 434-977-4000 or the Charlottesville Police Department at 434-977-9041.

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