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Fox Film Exec Gavin Smith Declared Dead

By | Thursday May 1, 2014 @ 2:48pm PDT

Smith_Gavin__120505032412-e1336600093631The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said for the first time that 20th Century Fox film executive Gavin Smith is dead. The revelation came during a report last night on KNBC-TV Los Angeles. The latest break in the case of Smith, who went missing on May 1 in nearby Oak Park, CA, came in March 2013, when LA sheriffs confirmed they found Smith’s black Mercedes 420E in a Simi Valley, CA storage locker the previous month. “Evidence in there and from other sources has led investigators in the case to preliminarily reclassify this as a homicide, though no body has been found,” an LASD spokesman said at the time. The storage unit is linked to John Creech, who is serving an eight-year prison sentence, KNBC reported last night. Officials searched Creech and his wife’s West Hills, CA, house more than once as part of the longstanding investigation. Smith, a Fox distribution exec and former UCLA basketball player, is said to have met Creech’s wife in rehab.

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Missing Fox Exec Gavin Smith Case Now Homicide After Cops Find His Car

By | Thursday March 14, 2013 @ 12:04pm PDT

Police on the case of missing 20th Century Fox film executive Gavin Smith are now saying he was likely murdered  Sheriff’s department spokesman Steve Whitmore said today that Smith’s black Mercedes 420E was found February 21 in a Simi Valley, CA storage locker. “Evidence in there and from other sources has led investigators in the case to preliminarily reclassify this as a homicide. While no body has been found, they believe it was a murder,” Whitmore told me.

Police have said that John Creech is the person of interest in the case; he is currently in custody on unrelated drug charges. The Simi Valley storage unit is linked to Creech, and he and his wife’s West Hills, CA house has already been searched twice by police in relation to the case. Smith is said to have met Creech’s wife in therapy.

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Cops Find SUV Flagged In Case Of Missing Fox Exec Gavin Smith: KFI

By | Thursday January 24, 2013 @ 12:17am PST

Detectives on the case of missing 20th Century Fox distribution executive Gavin Smith say they plan to examine a gray SUV seized Wednesday at a marijuana grow house in Granada Hills, radio station KFI reports. The vehicle is registered to a suspected drug dealer whose wife has been questioned in the case and whose home has been searched twice. “We believe that this truck, it’s possible this truck, may have been involved, but we don’t know yet,” L.A. County Sheriffs homicide detective Ty Labbe told reporters. The vehicle will be searched for fingerprints and other biological evidence. DEA agents spotted the SUV in the driveway of the house as they prepared to seize the plants growing inside. The SUV’s license plate had been flagged in connection with Smith’s case. Owner of the SUV, John Creech, is in custody on unrelated drug charges.

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Missing Fox Executive To Be Featured On ‘America’s Most Wanted’

By | Thursday September 20, 2012 @ 1:25pm PDT

America’s Most Wanted is planning to air a segment on Gavin Smith around the middle of October. A source close to the Lifetime show says the long-running series is “talking directly with the investigators from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department who haven’t spoken in detail publicly about the case before.” Smith has not been seen since the night of May 1, when he was leaving the Oak Park, CA home of a friend in his black Mercedes. On May 9, the Sheriff’s Department changed the status of the case from a missing person’s probe to a criminal homicide investigation. Read More »

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Missing Fox Film Executive Met Owner Of Searched Valley House In Therapy: LAT

By | Saturday June 23, 2012 @ 10:48am PDT

The whereabouts of missing Twentieth Century Fox film distribution executive Gavin Smith since May 1st remains a mystery. And authorities keep on searching. But the Los Angeles Times has an update on the link between Smith and that San Fernando Valley house which has been searched twice as part of the probe. Citing sources familiar with the case, the newspaper says the home is owned by a woman who met Smith in therapy. Her husband faces up to 10 years in state prison on a February 2010 drug charge of selling and transporting cocaine and admitted to Glendale police that he was a middle-man between drug producers and lower-level street dealers. He told the LAT that he’s never met Smith. Homicide detectives and a SWAT team on June 8th remained at the woman’s West Hills home for more than five hours before leaving the cul-de-sac with boxes and a computer and a black Audi SUV. ”The cover pages of a sealed search warrant affidavit said detectives had probable cause to believe that an unspecified felony had been committed at the residence,” the LAT reported. No arrests have been made.

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Missing Fox Movie Executive: Homicide Detectives Search Valley House Twice – LAT

By | Sunday June 10, 2012 @ 4:37am PDT

Missing Twentieth Century Fox film distribution executive Gavin Smith’s family recently offered a $20,000 reward for information to find him. But his whereabouts since May 1st remain a mystery. Still authorities keep on searching. Now the Los Angeles Times reports that homicide detectives and a SWAT team at 7:30 AM on Friday morning descended on a West Hills house in the San Fernando Valley as part of the probe. ”Investigators remained at the home for more than five hours before leaving the cul-de-sac with boxes and a computer. They also towed away a black Audi SUV.” The paper quoted a lawyer as saying this was the second time in a month that LA County Sheriff’s deputies had searched this same residence. No arrests were made. Previously on May 9th, Deadline reported that the Sheriff’s Department internally changed the status of the case from a missing person’s probe to a criminal homicide investigation.

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Missing Fox Film Executive’s Case Now Criminal Homicide Investigation (Exclusive)

By | Wednesday May 9, 2012 @ 2:49pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: There’s a new development in the case of Twentieth Century Fox veteran film distribution executive Gavin Smith who is Gavin Smith Missingstill missing. I’ve now learned that the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department has officially changed the status of the case from a missing person’s probe to a criminal homicide investigation. My news follows by a day media reports that the search for Smith had intensified and the sheriff’s department has added new resources including more detectives to the probe. But it also contradicts statements by sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore on Tuesday that detectives have not found any evidence of foul play in Smith’s disappearance. There’s been no public announcement about the change in the case’s status, and my insiders don’t know what prompted it. Smith has been missing since May 1st and was last heard from around 9 PM that evening.

The Fox veteran of 18 years works in the Calabasas office and had been a 6-foot-6 member of UCLA’s 1975 national championship men’s basketball team, the last title won by legendary Bruin coach John Wooden. His family has made public pleas for information. Smith, 57, was last seen driving his car, a black 2000 Mercedes 420E sedan with tinted windows and a roof rack, near his home in West Hills in the San Fernando Valley.  He’d just returned on the day he disappeared from CinemaCon, the National Association of Theatre Owners convention in Las Vegas. Lisa Smith has set up a Find Gavin Smith website for people to email tips and comments: http://findgavinsmith.com.

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