Missing Fox Executive Declared Dead 2 Years After Disappearance

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Two years after Fox executive Gavin Smith mysteriously disappeared, the missing man has formally been declared dead, officials said.


Gavin Smith was last seen on the night of May 1, 2012 leaving a friend’s house in Oak Park. (Credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department)

Sheriff’s officials said a public death certificate has been issued for Smith, dated May 1, 2012.

In the two years since Smith vanished, detectives had said they had significant evidence that he was killed, but the case remained unresolved.

“We have physical evidence of his death,” Bill McSweeney, sheriff’s chief of the detective bureau, said Thursday. Smith’s body, though, has never been found, he said.

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