October 5, 2014 ― the first day of the American Film Market (AFM) in Santa Monica, California ― was marred by the news that is sure to shock many in Hollywood. The remains of Gavin Smith, a 20th Century Fox distribution executive who went missing more than two years ago, have been found and positively identified by the Los Angeles County Coroner.
Smith, an 18-year veteran of Fox's distribution department, was last seen on the night of May 1, 2012, at his female friend's residence in Oak Park, not far from Smith’s office in Calabasas, California. He was legally declared dead on May 1, 2014 by the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department.
A source close to the investigation told FOX 11 that the body of missing studio exec was found in the Angeles National Forest. The coroner’s office said the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has ordered a "hold" on releasing any information as to the manner of death or the location where the remains were discovered.
In February 2013, Gavin Smith’s black Mercedes-Benz E420 sedan was located in a Simi Valley storage facility connected to convicted drug dealer John Creech. Smith allegedly had an affair with the drug dealer’s wife, Chandrika Creech, whom he met in rehab. The Creech residence was searched by the authorities after Smith disappeared. Creech received an eight-year sentence for an unrelated drug conviction. In 2012, he pleaded ‘no contest’ to one count of selling and transporting cocaine. Creech admitted his involvement as a middleman between drug producers and lower-level street dealers.
In 2012, Lt. Dave Dolson of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department told Smith’s sister, Tara Addeo, that her brother is not coming back. "There was enough biological evidence to prove that Gavin was killed … He died on the night of his disappearance," Dolson reportedly added.