After locating the car of missing 20th Century Fox executive Gavin Smith, Los Angeles Police have reclassified the case as a homicide investigation because of the condition in which the car was found. Smith’s black 2000 Mercedes-Benz 420E was found at a storage facility in Simi Valley that is supposedly connected to convicted drug dealer John Creech. Smith's body has not yet been found.
"We got a tip that led us to the discovery of the car in the storage facility," Los Angeles County Sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said. "They [investigators] had an inkling that this was indeed a homicide, the condition of the car and eyewitness cooperation has lead investigators to believe Gavin Smith was murdered."
Creech is currently in jail on an unrelated narcotics conviction and has been named as a person of interest in the investigation, ABC News reported. It sounds as if Smith had a relationship with Creech’s wife. "We don't want to get into his personal life, but there was a relationship with his wife, they met in rehab," said Lt. Dave Dolson of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office.
Although they aren’t going public with their theories, it appears authorities have a good idea of how Smith’s car ended up in the storage facility. "The homicide detectives are relatively sure they know exactly what happened, they are not going to talk about it until things become clearer," said Whitmore.
Smith, a former UCLA basketball star, has been missing since May 2012. He is 57 and has three children. Police have served between 25 and 30 search warrants in the case. His family believes that it is impossible that he abandoned them. "He would never do anything like that," said USC basketball player Evan Smith, Gavin's eldest son. "He's a great father. My dad had no reason to leave, no reason at all."
Source: (ABC News)