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Witnesses claim to have seen missing Fox movie executive Gavin Smith in Morro Bay restaurant

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Missing Fox movie executive Gavin Smith may actually want to be missing, if reports coming out of a central coast seaside town are true.

According to KNBC, which has an exclusive on the story, unverified accounts from people in Morro Bay indicate that Smith was seen there on May 7 -- about a week after he went missing -- with a lady friend in tow.

One man named David Brill who was there on business told KNBC that he thinks he saw Smith -- the former basketball star stands out for his light features and 6-foot-6 build -- at the Taco Temple, a restaurant on the Pacific Coast Highway.

The next morning, Brill told reporters, he noticed a story about the disappearance of Gavin Smith. “I happened to click on the link, saw the photo, and said, ‘Oh boy, that’s the guy I saw in the restaurant the previous night,’” he said.

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Search is on for missing Fox movie executive Gavin Smith, last seen in Oak Park area on Tuesday

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Twentieth Century Fox has gone to authorities for help in finding one of its movie executives who has been missing since last Tuesday.

Gavin Smith, a 57-year-old movie exec out of Fox’s Calabasas office, was last seen Tuesday evening leaving a friend’s Oak Park home, according to the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department. Family members say it is unlike Smith to just disappear, and his wife is said to be extremely distraught.

Authorities say Smith was seen at his friend’s residence in the Oak Park area between 9 and 10 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1. He drove away in his car -- a black Mercedes 420E sedan with storage racks, tinted windows and license plate No. 6EKT044 -- and has not been heard from since. (Deputies add that “the model number on the back of the car was changed to E500 although the car is actually a 420E.”)

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