Possible Break in Search for Missing Fox Exec
GRANADA HILLS, Calif. (KTLA) — An SUV found at a Granada Hills drug house is believed to be linked to the disappearance of Fox executive Gavin Smith.
A Hummer found by DEA agents at a marijuana grow house is the same vehicle homicide detectives were looking for in the Smith case.
The vehicle is registered to Jon Creech, a suspected drug dealer whose wife allegedly had an affair with Smith.
Chandrika Creech met Smith in therapy, according to a person familiar with the case who did not want to be named because the investigation is ongoing.
The SUV was impounded and will be examined for fingerprints and biological evidence.
Creech is currently jailed on unrelated drug charges, but he was free when Smith disappeared.
Police searched Creech’s West Hills home back in June 2012 in connection with Smith’s disappearance.
The search warrant affidavit said detectives had probable cause that an unspecified felony had been committed at the residence.
Investigators left with boxes, a computer and a black Audi SUV, but no arrests were made.
Smith was last seen on the night of May 1, 2012 leaving a friend’s house in Oak Park.
When he failed to pick up one of his sons for school the next morning, his family reported him missing. His black Mercedes E420 sedan has not been found.
Smith was an executive in charge of distribution for Fox.
He played on the basketball at UCLA, where he was part of the team that won the 1975 NCAA championship under coach John Wooden.