Name: Erik Tyquan McFadden
Age: 21 years old
Last seen: November 23, 2012
Location: Charlottesville, Virginia
Erik McFadden is a biracial (African American/Caucasian) male with black hair with brown eyes. He is 5’10-6’1 tall and weighs approximately 180-190lbs.
Sage Smith disappeared from Charlottesville on November 20, 2012. On the evening Sage disappeared, she and Erik had plans to meet up. She was last seen walking in the 500 Block of West Main Street in Charlottesville, Virginia at 6:30 pm on November 20, 2012.
Sage Smith had a date planned with Erik McFadden, who she had met online and had plans to return home later that evening. The two made plans to meet near the Amtrak station. The pair had been exchanging texts and calls for weeks and had met before. Sage had accepted money in exchange for the promise to keep herself a secret from McFadden’s girlfriend.
On November 23th, 2012, McFadden’s Sherwin-Williams paint store colleagues claimed he went missing for several days from work without warning or explanation.
On November 24th, 2012, Erik’s girlfriend reported him missing to the Charlottesville Police Department. He had been staying in her apartment while she was out of town for Thanksgiving at the time. A search into his apartment showed a receipt from CVS dating back from the evening of November 22th, two days after Sage’s disappearance.
On November 25th, Erik McFadden’s girlfriend reportedly got a call and emails from him who claimed to be in Washington, DC, stating he was in need of money. He was told by his girlfriend the police wanted to speak to him about Sage’s disappearance.
Erik called the police on November 27th and spoke to them on the phone, saying he was in New York. He said Smith never showed up for their planned meeting and he didn’t know what happened to her. When the police told him he should return to Virginia, he hung up on them.
On November 29th, Erik’s girlfriend told police he was taking a bus back to Charlottesville and expected the police to pick him up. The next day, however, Erik’sgirlfriend said he had changed his mind. He emailed his girlfriend saying Sage Smith had been blackmailing him, threatening to tell the girlfriend they had had sex. He said he did, in fact, meet with Sage on the day of her disappearance, but he did not know what happened to her and that Sage “had a lot of enemies.”
The last sign of him was an email he sent to his girlfriend in May 2013, from an untraceable email address. Erik McFadden’s mother and stepmother have not heard from him since 2012 and they believe he may be dead.
Erik McFadden was reported missing to the Charlottesville Police Department, by his family on June 26, 2019, six and a half years after his disappearance. According to interviewers, Erik’s mother had assumed her son’s father had filed a missing person report for him. Upon finding out this wasn’t the case, McFadden’s mother filed a missing persons report herself.
If you have any information regarding the disappearance of Erik Tyquan McFadden please contact the Charlottesville Police Department at 434-970-3280, Detective Regine Wright at 434-977-3381, or CrimeStoppers at 434-977-4000.