Smith_Gavin__120505032412-e1336600093631The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said for the first time that 20th Century Fox film executive Gavin Smith is dead. The revelation came during a report last night on KNBC-TV Los Angeles. The latest break in the case of Smith, who went missing on May 1 in nearby Oak Park, CA, came in March 2013, when LA sheriffs confirmed they found Smith’s black Mercedes 420E in a Simi Valley, CA storage locker the previous month. “Evidence in there and from other sources has led investigators in the case to preliminarily reclassify this as a homicide, though no body has been found,” an LASD spokesman said at the time. The storage unit is linked to John Creech, who is serving an eight-year prison sentence, KNBC reported last night. Officials searched Creech and his wife’s West Hills, CA, house more than once as part of the longstanding investigation. Smith, a Fox distribution exec and former UCLA basketball player, is said to have met Creech’s wife in rehab.

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