The Latest | Southern California breaking news and trends
Crime & Justice

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

Gavin Smith
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.”)

Smith is described as 6-foot-6 and 210 pounds, with grey-blond hair, green eyes and a goatee. He was last seen wearing purple pants and black-and-grey shoes, authorities said.

A Fox executive told the Hollywood Reporter that his company knew of no problems that could have led to Smith's disappearance. “We are very concerned about Gavin,” he told the Reporter. “We are actively doing what we can to assist the L.A. Sheriff’s Department.”

Smith has worked in Fox’s movie distribution division for more than 18 years. CBS adds that he was a member of UCLA’s 1975 national championship men’s basketball team, and that his son Evan now plays for USC.

Anyone with information on Smith’s whereabouts is asked to call sheriff’s detectives at (323) 890-5500. Tipsters may also call (800) 222-8477 or text “TIPLA” plus the tip to 274637.