Missing Fox movie executive Gavin Smith had a relationship
with the wife of a convicted drug dealer who is now a person of interest in Smith’s
disappearance, Los Angeles County
sheriff’s officials say.
Smith, 57, has been missing since May 2012. At a press
conference Thursday, Lt. Dave Dolson said Smith had a relationship with
Chandrika Creech, the wife of John Creech, who is serving eight years in Los
Angeles County’s Men’s Central Jail.
Smith and Chandrika Creech apparently met in rehab. Sheriff’s
officials would not comment on the nature of their relationship and said only
that Creech’s husband is a person of interest in Smith’s disappearance. John Creech has
not spoken with detectives.
Authorities now believe Smith was murdered. Investigators
found Smith’s Mercedes-Benz last month in a Simi Valley storage facility.
Officials said evidence found inside the car, along with witness statements,
lead them to believe Smith is dead.
No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing,
a department official said Friday.
Chandrika Creech has spoken to investigations on
many occasions, Dolson said. He declined to say what information she provided.
In the months after Smith was last seen, officials insisted the
case remained a missing-person investigation, even as Creech’s home and
vehicle were searched.
Smith, a former UCLA basketball player who worked in Fox's movie
distribution department, left a friend's home in Ventura County's Oak Park
neighborhood the night of May 1. Wearing purple athletic pants belonging to one
of his sons, Smith drove away in his Mercedes, leaving behind his cellphone
charger, shaving kit and other items.