L.A. Home Searched for Missing Studio Exec Gavin Smith
(LOS ANGELES) -- The search for missing Hollywood executive Gavin Smith took a twist Friday as detectives searched the home of a family in the San Fernando Valley in connection to his disappearance.
Smith, a 57-year-old father and husband who worked in film distribution in Hollywood, went missing on May 2 from the house of a female friend at around 10 p.m.
Friday’s search of a house in the San Fernando Valley began around 7:30 a.m. as authorities served a search warrant on the home.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the home belonged to a family of four on a quiet cul-de-sac. When SWAT cars arrived Friday morning, a woman and two children emerged from the home to allow the search to be completed. The family was not identified.
Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department spokesman Steve Whitmore confirmed the details of the search to ABC News Friday but would not say what authorities found.
“Our hope is that we find him safe and sound,” Whitmore said. “There is no indication of any wrongdoing, but we are not ruling anything out.”
Smith’s family has not said why Smith was staying with the friend on the night he disappeared, but was adamant that he would not have left the family without saying a word.
“He would never do anything like that. He’s a great father. My dad had no reason to leave. No reason at all,” Evan Smith, Gavin’s eldest son and a star basketball player at USC, told ABC News.
Smith allegedly left his female friend’s home on the night of May 2 wearing purple exercise pants and driving a black Mercedes. He left his belongings at the friend’s house, and promised his wife he would drive their youngest son to school the following morning. When he did not show up, the police were notified.
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