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Weekend Search for Gavin Smith Called Off

Officials were unable to narrow down the search to a specific area.

A planned search this weekend for missing Fox distribution executive Gavin Smith has been called off.

A spokesman for the Smith family says the search could not be narrowed down to a specific area to comb.

"After consultations between the L.A. County Sheriff's Department and the Gavin Smith family, it has been decided that there will be NO search this weekend," said Howard Bragman in a statement to the Los Angeles Times. "There is not a specific area of defined interest to make this effort productive at this time."

The 57-year-old Fox distribution executive was last seen leaving a family friend's home in Oak Park between 9-10 p.m. on May 1. Smith drove away in a black Mercedes-Benz E420 sedan with license number 6EKT044.

Smith had just returned from a motion picture industry trade show in Las Vegas before he went missing.

He lives in West Hills and works out of a Calabasas office. He is white, about 6 feet 6, 210 pounds, with green eyes, gray hair with blond highlights, a goatee, a roughly 4-inch scar on his right inner wrist, and a 5-inch scar on one of his calves, according to a sheriff's statement.

Smith was a member of UCLA's 1975 national championship men's basketball team, the last title won by legendary Bruin coach John Wooden.

Anyone with information on Smith's whereabouts is asked to contact Detective T. Abraham or Detective C. Carnes at 323-890-5500, or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS. Anonymous tips can be submitted to http://lacrimestoppers.org.

Leigh Datzker May 18, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Gavin is Six Feet Six Inches tall and 220 pounds with blonde hair...An individual meeting that description would stand out in a crowd with or without facial hair.
mario r. velasco May 19, 2012 at 12:50 PM
Keep on praying, don't lose faith, ask for patience and assurance in our hearts that those that suffer are blessed with compasion from our merciful Lord. Anything we ask in His name, shall be given. My family, church,friends and neighbors will never stop praying for Gavin's family.
Pam May 19, 2012 at 06:00 PM
I know this setback is discouraging at the very least. The whole experience is like a terrible roller coaster ride. You think you have a good lead or idea and it falls flat, but keep looking, keep trying everything. I think the military has a device that can detect objects at a distance. Scanning the canyons might be a good idea. It is a device they use in the war. Try contacting the military or google the idea. If you don't get an answer there, contact the Pentagon or your congressman. No joke. I would do whatever it takes to locate that car. The idea may sound far out but maybe there is some satellite out there that can detect motor vehicles or metal objects on the ground or even a drone. You have to not be afraid of knocking on doors even if your idea sounds a bit far out. If one door isn't answered, knock on another until you get the answer you need. It is the only way. You will find a lack of cooperation frequently but don't give up. Tenacity is very important right now. If there is a will, there is a way. Despair may get in your way but don't give up. Keep on talking to people and keep trying every possible lead and idea that comes up even if it seems not likely or far out. You won't receive much help from the police and after time interest from others dies down. You have to do this on your own. I am praying for your family every day. Who knows maybe someone reading this may know what I am talking about and contribute. I hope so.
Pam May 20, 2012 at 08:23 AM
When my husband went missing, we checked every friend he ever had back to his college days at USC and Cal Lutheran. We checked bank and credit card statements. A private detective did a skip trace on him for us. Does Gavin have a passport? Could he have gone to another country? Did you check with the border patrol? Are there cameras down there? Can you view the film? Check with the DMV. When is his drivers license up for renewal? Did he change his address recently? I know it is difficult to obtain information because of privacy laws that make searching very difficult. Creativity is essential. I wish the family the very best. PS Has anyone driven around the airport parking lots at Burbank and LAX? His car might be located there. I would also stop a police person and have him/her run Gavin's name through the system. We did that and found they didn't have my husband's name entered so if he was stopped, there wouldn't be an alert. It was absolutely flabbergasting after all we had been through searching for him. We got that corrected right away. A few more ideas that might help. Best wishes.
Sandee Andrews May 20, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Did you ever find him Pam?

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