Missing Fox Exec Gavin Smith Declared Dead by Sheriff’s Department

Gavin Smith Dead: Fox Exec Believed

Two years after Fox exec Gavin Smith mysteriously vanished, the 57-year-old has officially been declared dead by law enforcement officials.

According to Lt. Dave Dolson of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, who spoke with NBC4 in Los Angeles, a judge has ruled a death certificate for Smith.

“He died on the night of his disappearance,” Dolson said.

“He was a striking individual, tall, fit and, I think the idea of a person that goes missing out of nowhere is intriguing and tragic,” he said.

The distribution executive has been missing since May 2012, and Variety reported last year that police named convicted drug dealer John Creech as a person of interest in a possible murder. Creech is currently serving eight years in prison.

The news comes exactly two years after Smith went missing. He was last seen leaving the Oak Park, Calif., home of a friend on May 1, 2012.

From the night of his disappearance, Smith, along with his Mercedes-Benz, seemed to have vanish into thin air. Police caught a lead in February 2013, when they found Smith’s car in a storage facility in Simi Valley. Creech was the man linked to the storage facility.


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  1. Daisy says:

    In CA, a missing person is presumed alive until proven dead. LASO must have some sort of evidence of his death – a confession, informant, physical evidence other than his body – to lead them to this conclusion and the necessity for having a death certificate (maybe family needs to move forward with issues of property or bank accounts). Hopefully they won’t consider the issuance of a death certificate the closure of the case and continue to follow leads.

  2. Dont Recall says:

    “‘He died on the night of his disappearance,’ (L.A. Sheriff’s Lieutenant) Dolson said.”

    Umm … how does Dolson know this? Who told him and how did they know? Perhaps someone who “was there”?

    Then, how did they convince the judge to rule after only 2 years? Perhaps the judge . . .

    How much money is involved, anyway? And who gets it?

  3. Jayk says:

    Watch the film “the councilor”. Same story.

  4. Glenn C. says:

    Now I am reading how it could be one of his mistresses boyfriends that found out and got jealous and might have killed him. The guy who might have killed him is already in a prison for something else. I guess Smith played around with the wrong woman! Now his family suffers!

  5. Glenn C. says:

    Probably owed the drug dealer money. Or a deal went bad. Then revenge. Dumped the body in a barrel of acid etc.
    feel bad for his wife and kids.

    • tony hawk says:

      This guy threw everything down the tubes, I knew him and he was nothing more than a party animal with a bad temper. Sad to see.

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