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Mental health of suspect Rachel Ann Guerro prompts urgent search for missing boys

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Photos: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said in a statement Sunday that Rachel Ann Guerrero took her 6-year-old son and her 21-month-old son while having lunch Thursday with the children's grandmother.

Authorities say a 30-year-old woman with mental health problems suspected of abducting her two young sons in Southern California may be headed to the Dominican Republic.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said in a statement Sunday that Rachel Ann Guerrero took her 6-year-old son and her 21-month-old son while having lunch Thursday with the children's grandmother.

Guerrero's father has full custody of the children. On Friday, Guerrero agreed to meet and release the children to their grandfather at Universal Studios, but she never showed up.

The Department of Children Family Services notified sheriff's investigators on Saturday that the children may be danger because Guerrero is bipolar, schizophrenic and may have a substance abuse problem.

Sheriff's officials are asking for the public's help in finding Guerrero and the children.

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

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Gavin Smith

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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Authorities scour Verdugo Mountains after FBI agent goes missing from Burbank home

Stephen Ivens

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Stephen Ivens

Authorities are searching for a Burbank man who is also an FBI agent and has been missing since stalking off into the Verdugo Mountains two days ago.

Stephen Ivens, 35, is said to be “despondent and possibly suicidal,” according to NBC. He was last seen by his family Thursday night, and reported missing Friday, after he apparently walked into the mountains near his home on 1700 block of Scott Road.

Ivens also had a gun in his home that is now missing, police said.

Authorities from several different agencies are currently scouring the region, particularly the hills around Burbank, NBC reports.

Ivens works out of the FBI’s Los Angeles Division on Wilshire Boulevard.

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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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Gavin Smith

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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