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Case Type: Endangered
Date of Birth: January 1, 1998
Missing Date: April 2, 2013
Age Now: 15
Missing City: Irondequoit
Missing State: New York
Hair Color: Black
Hair Length: Medium
Eye Color: Brown
Wear Glasses or Contacts: No
Location Last Seen: She was last seen walking towards East Ridge Road and Seneca Avenue near the Irondequoit and the city border.
Circumstances of Disappearance: Police say 15-year-old Daza Smith, of Fairport, N.Y. had an appointment with her mother at an office complex in Irondequoit. Police say Smith was looking to visit friends that live in the city, but no one has seen or heard from her.
Last Seen Wearing: She was last seen wearing a black jacket with a green scarf.
Identifying Marks or Characteristics: Unknown.
If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of Daza Smith, please contact the Black and Missing Foundation’s confidential Tip Line.