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Family of missing Fox executive to offer $20,000 reward

June 5, 2012 |  7:17 am

Gavin SmithThe family of missing 20th Century Fox executive Gavin Smith will announce a $20,000 reward Tuesday for information on his disappearance May 1 while staying with a friend in Oak Park.

Family members and L.A. County Sheriff's Department homicide detectives will hold a news conference at 11 a.m. as the investigation into Smith's disappearance continues.

Since the disappearance of Smith, 57,  deputies and volunteers have combed the areas where he was last seen. Advertisements on local movie screens have asked for the public's help. But there have been few clues or leads in the mystery.

Sheriff's officials say they do not suspect foul play at this stage. The department has received many tips, but detectives still do not have a firm sense of what happened. In interviews last month, Smith's family described some of the circumstances leading up to the night he vanished.

Smith was staying with a friend near Ventura County's Oak Park neighborhood but drove away in his Mercedes between 9 and 10 p.m. without telling anyone, which the family said was unusual. Wearing purple athletic pants belonging to one of his sons, Smith left behind his cellphone charger, shaving kit and other items.

"It doesn't sound like he was going anywhere," son Evan Smith told "Good Morning America."

Smith's family said he hasn't been to his Calabasas office since he disappeared. They declined to elaborate on why he was staying with the friend instead of at the family home in West Hills, but Evan Smith tweeted that his father had left the family.

"Thoughts and prayers out to my amazing Mom and bros plz," he wrote in an April 14 message. "My dad decided to leave the family last nite. Real family sticks together."

The tweet has since been deleted, but Evan Smith told E! News his parents were not separated.

"They were just going through normal stuff couples go through," he said.

Evan Smith told The Times his family was "devastated" by his father's disappearance but was "staying strong."

They created a website, findgavinsmith.com, to help coordinate search efforts. Smith is 6 feet 6, weighs 210 pounds and has a goatee and gray hair streaked with blond. He was last seen in his black 2000 Mercedes 420-E with California license plate 6EKT044.

Investigators are asking that anyone with information call (323) 890-5500.


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