FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 20, 2012
Loudoun County, VA: The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office will hold the first annual Child Victim Awareness Day on Saturday, August 4, 2012 from 2PM – 6PM at the Junction Plaza Shopping Center in Ashburn, Virginia.
The event will provide information to parents on how they can best protect their children from becoming a victim of a crime. The Virginia DMV Ident-A-Kid program will also be in attendance to offer parent’s cell phone electronic child identification, eKid-ID, along with a traditional child ID card.
Specialty units from the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office will be on hand, including the Motor Unit, the Crime Scene Unit, the Bicycle Unit, the Underwater Search and Evidence Recovery Team and many more. Residents will also be able to view the agency’s specialty vehicles. For more information on this event, please visit www.loudoun.gov/childvictimawareness.
This year's event will remember Erica Heather Smith. The fourteen-year-old disappeared on July 29, 2002. Her body was found eleven days later in a grave along Broad Run Creek near an old pump house. The area is in Ashburn near the intersection of Beaumeade Circle and Loudoun County Parkway (Adjacent to Redskins Park).
During this event Loudoun County Sheriff Michael L. Chapman will be providing information regarding this ongoing investigation.
Anyone with any information regarding the murder of Erica Heather Smith is asked to call the Loudoun Crime Solvers anonymous tip line at 703-777-1919 or 1-877-777-1931. If this information leads to an arrest and indictment, the caller is entitled to a cash reward.
For more information on the Erica Smith case and for case updates, or to submit a tip online, please visit www.loudoun.gov/ericasmith.