Sage Smith of Charlottesville, VA went missing ironically on November 20, 2012, the Transgender Day of Remembrance, and still hasn’t been found four years later.
The 19 year old left her home to meet Erik Tyquan McFadden at the Charlottesville train station, and hasn’t been seen by her family and friends since. McFadden has also gone missing since that time
The case after four years has now been reclassified as a homicide case, which opens it up to more law enforcement resources to be brought to bear on solving it.
With the reclassification, McFadden is now considered a person of interest in the homicide case.
Sage’s grandmother Lolita Smith, like myself and others in the trans community, wondered what took so long to get to this step.
“Frankly, I don’t understand why they waited so long,” she said. “It’s been four years. I think the Charlottesville Police Department dropped the ball from day one.”
Here’s hoping that the reclassification into a homicide case results in justice being served and us finally learning what happened to Sage..