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Missing Fox executive's sons vow to search 'until we find him'

The three sons of a missing 20th Century Fox executive said they would continue to search for their father and would “not stop until we find him.”

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has added more detectives and other resources to the search for 57-year-old Gavin Smith, who was last seen the night of May 1 near his Oak Park home in the 500 block of Callwood Court.

Smith, a member of UCLA’s 1975 championship basketball team, has worked in Fox studio’s movie distribution department for almost 18 years.

His sons — Austin, Dylan and Evan — told “Inside Edition” on Thursday they 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. “My gut feeling is that he is out there and we just have to go find him.”

ABC News reported Gavin Smith was staying with family friends the night he disappeared. His family said it was not only unusual that he left without warning, but he didn’t take his cellphone charger, shaving kit or other belongings.

Austin and Dylan Smith both directed emotional messages at their father during the interview.

“Life’s not the same without you, and I don’t know what I’m going to do without you in my life,” Dylan Smith said.

“He has a family waiting for him and it’s not going to be the same world without him,” Austin Smith said. “We love him so much.”

The family has created a website, www.findgavinsmith.com, to help coordinate search efforts. Evan Smith, who plays basketball at USC, tweeted frequently after his father’s disappearance.

“I just know that if any of us were missing, my dad would not stop looking for us,” he told “Inside Edition.” “So we’re not going to stop until we find him.”

Gavin Smith is 6-foot-6, weighs 210 pounds, has gray hair streaked with blond and has a goatee. He was last seen in his black 2000 Mercedes 420 E with California license plate 6EKT044. He was wearing purple pants.

Investigators ask anyone with information to call detectives at (323) 890-5500.

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