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Body on Angeles Crest Highway is not missing Fox executive

May 10, 2012 |  3:14 pm

The body of man found early Thursday on the side of Angeles Crest Highway is not that of a missing 20th Century Fox executive, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department officials say.

The highway was closed about three miles north of the 210 Freeway, at the 27.5-mile marker, about 6:20 a.m. to investigate. The thoroughfare is expected to reopen at 3:30 p.m.

The Sheriff’s Department said the body is not that of 57-year-old Gavin Smith, who was last seen the night of May 1 near his Oak Park home. That investigation, authorities emphasized, is being treated as a missing person's case, not a homicide.

Department officials said Thursday they have added more detectives and other resources to the search for Smith, a member of UCLA’s 1975 championship basketball team who has worked in Fox’s movie distribution department for almost 18 years.

His sons — Austin, Dylan and Evan — told “Inside Edition” on Thursday they are worried their father had accidentally driven off the road along one of the canyons near their home.

“The problem here is that time is of the essence in these things,” Evan Smith said.

He added: “My gut feeling is that he is out there and we just have to go find him.”


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