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.
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.