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Police search Henrico landfill for evidence in missing teen case

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Charlottesville police are searching a Henrico landfill in connection to the disappearance of a Charlottesville teen.

Dashad Smith planned to meet another man at a local Amtrak station on November 20. However, that man told police the meeting never happened.

After weeks of exhaustive searches near the teen's home, police traveled to a landfill at the east end off Charles City Road.

Charlottesville police were acting on a tip, but stressed they weren't looking for anything specific - certainly not a body - at this time.

Investigators spent the day combing through the Old Dominion landfill, looking for any clues that could lead to Smith's whereabouts.

Police are also looking for another man, who they say had contact with Smith the night he disappeared. Erik McFadden told police that meeting never happened, and suddenly left town.

In a recent interview, Smith's mother says she's holding on to hope.

"It hurts you know every day, him not being here," said Latasha Grooms. "I try to be positive. That's the only way you're going to get up every day is to try to stay positive, hoping that something's going to come up."

Thursday was Smith's 20th birthday. Friends and family gathered in Charlottesville's Lee Park to release balloons in his honor.

The Charlottesville Police chief will host a news conference Tuesday to discuss a reward being offered in the case.

If you have any information that can help, you're asked to call Charlottesville Crime Stoppers at 434-977-4000.

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