Murdered: Sage Smith | Charlottesville, VA | Uncovered

Sage Smith

A Transwoman disappears after meeting up with date

  • Last updated: May 23, 2022
  • Charlottesville, VA
  • November 20, 2012


"I am a girl now #Respect it #Authenticity"

Sage Smith was finally coming into her own. This strong, confident, and artistic young woman was finally living life as her authentic self. Despite her complex childhood, she managed to become the first in her family to graduate from high school. Not only that, she was taking cosmetology classes, chasing her dream to become a professional hairdresser.

These dreams disappeared though on a cold November night when Sage disappeared. Almost a decade later, her case remains unsolved. Can you help bring back Sage to her family?

On the day of her disappearance, Sage told her roommate, Aubrey Carson, that she was planning on meeting someone that day, possibly a date, whom she had met online. Sage was last seen around 6:30 pm on the 500 block of West Main Street in Charlottesville, VA on November 20, 2012. When Sage's roommate Aubrey woke up to find that Sage was still not home from her night out, Aubrey called Sage's grandmother Lolita, before contacting the police.

The man that Sage was planning to meet that night was later identified as Erik McFadden, who was reported missing by his girlfriend on November 24, 2012. Erik contacted Charlottesville police on November 27th and informed police that he had planned to meet with Sage, but that she did not show up to meet him. Erik has not been cooperative with the police, seemingly trying to avoid them, however, Erik's girlfriend is. Later in the investigation on November 30th, Erik sent his girlfriend an email explaining that Sage was blackmailing him and that they did meet up on November 20th, but told her that he had nothing to do with her disappearance.

Investigators have not been able to meet with Erik in person, and Sage's case was reclassified by police as a homicide. On June 26, 2019, police released a missing persons report for Eric McFadden, offering a reward for information on both his and Sage's whereabouts.


  1. Date of Death:November 20, 2012
  2. Birthday:December 13, 1992
  3. Age at Incident:19
  4. NAMUS Number:MP18608
  5. Race:African-American / Black
  6. Gender:Female
  7. Height:5'8" to 5'11"
  8. Weight:130 lbs
  9. Hair Color:Black

What's Left to be Uncovered

Featured Sources

Important People

Timeline of Events

Amtrak Station

Charlottesville, VA

The Amtrak Train is located next to the Wild Wings Cafe, which is no longer in business.

More Cases to Explore

There are currently no cases that match the selected filters.