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'No new information' in Gavin Smith disappearance, official says

July 9, 2012 |  9:16 am

Investigators have "no new information" to report on the disappearance of 20th Century Fox executive Gavin Smith, a sheriff's official said on the day of the family's latest push to find the 57-year-old.

Smith's wife, Lisa, told CBS-2 on Sunday that volunteers were posting fliers showing Smith and his missing Mercedes based on information from detectives.

"We wanted to find out what we could do hands-on," she said. "Obviously we can't search for Gavin but they told us that we could put posters up. They directed us to a good area and this is it."

Smith's sister, Tara Addeo, told the television station that investigators said the last ping from her brother's cellphone came from the Sylmar area.

"The police have led us specifically to this area," she said.

Sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said detectives have kept in contact with Smith's family — giving "general directions, advice, information, things like that" — but said the area canvassed had "no significance" to the investigation.

"There is no new information," he said of the case.

Instead, he said, detectives advised the family on high-visibility areas to post fliers and recommended they start in the north end of the San Fernando Valley before working their way south.

"They certainly are active and we appreciate that," he said of the family's efforts to find Smith.

Smith, a former UCLA basketball player who works 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.

Smith's family — wife Lisa and sons Evan, Austin and Dylan — have offered a $20,000 reward for information about the missing executive.

Smith is 6-foot-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 the California license plate 6EKT044.

Investigators ask anyone with information about Smith to call (323) 890-5500.


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— Kate Mather

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