Wednesday, April 24, 2024

LAPD Conclusion After Ten Months: Missing Fox Exec Gavin Smith “Likely Dead”


You don’t ever want to be murdered or have anything bad happen to you in Los Angeles. That’s the conclusion I’ve drawn from years of watching the LAPD, Beverly Hills Police, all of them. Celebrities walk free. Investigations take forever and their conclusions never make sense. Ronni Chasen, for example. was murdered by a homeless man who bicycled from Hollywood to Beverly Hills in the middle of the night, managed to shoot her like a pro, then bike back to Hollywood and kill himself. I am still scratching my head over that one.

Last May 2012, Fox exec Gavin Smith disappeared. The report was that he’d stopped at a friend’s house, stayed overnight, and was never heard from again. His blonde, LA-perfect family put up a website–– but almost immediately abandoned the search. It’s taken all this time, but now the LAPD have concluded what Miss Marple might have guessed on Day 2: he was murdered. He is not missing. Surprise!

The LA County Sheriff’s Department has just announced that they found Smith’s Mercedes on February 21 in a storage facility owned by John Creech, the incarcerated husband of Smith’s “friend” or lover or drug companion. It’s been 10 months since Smith vanished.

LAPD: “After locating Smith’s vehicle, homicide detectives served several search warrants in the San Fernando Valley in furtherance of the investigation. Based on the vehicle’s condition and information developed from persons cooperating in the investigation, homicide detectives are now investigating this case as a homicide. Gavin’s body has not yet been recovered.”

Smith’s college basketball star Evan son, a prolific Tweeter of nothing mostly, stopped Tweeting in mid January. That was the tip off that the Smiths knew something by then. But even then he rarely Tweeted about his father.

Of course, in New York we have a tabloid news world with the Daily News and the New York Post. Someone goes missing and they are found. Los Angeles  has the Times, whittled down to a brave few. Otherwise, Los Angeles lives in a news-free zone. It’s very sad.

PS The Hollywood Reporter’s first report was that Smith’s body had been found. They’ve corrected that.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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