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L.A. Home Searched for Missing Studio Exec Gavin Smith

ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- The search for missing Hollywood executive Gavin Smith took a twist Friday as detectives searched the home of a family in the San Fernando Valley in connection to his disappearance.

Smith, a 57-year-old father and husband who worked in film distribution in Hollywood, went missing on May 2 from the house of a female friend at around 10 p.m.

Friday’s search of a house in the San Fernando Valley began around 7:30 a.m. as authorities served a search warrant on the home.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the home belonged to a family of four on a quiet cul-de-sac. When SWAT cars arrived Friday morning, a woman and two children emerged from the home to allow the search to be completed. The family was not identified.

Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department spokesman Steve Whitmore confirmed the details of the search to ABC News Friday but would not say what authorities found.

“Our hope is that we find him safe and sound,” Whitmore said. “There is no indication of any wrongdoing, but we are not ruling anything out.”

Smith’s  family has not said why Smith was staying with the friend on the night he disappeared, but was adamant that he would not have left the family without saying a word.

“He would never do anything like that. He’s a great father. My dad had no reason to leave. No reason at all,” Evan Smith, Gavin’s eldest son and a star basketball player at USC, told ABC News.

Smith allegedly left his female friend’s home on the night of May 2 wearing purple exercise pants and driving a black Mercedes. He left his belongings at the friend’s house, and promised his wife he would drive their youngest son to school the following morning. When he did not show up, the police were notified.

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20th Century Fox Executive Missing; Son Uses Twitter to Spread Word

Siri Stafford/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- Authorities in Los Angeles are seeking the public’s help in the search for a 20th Century Fox distribution executive and former UCLA basketball player, Gavin Smith, who disappeared last week.

Smith, 57, was reported missing by his wife on Wednesday morning. According to authorities, he was last seen driving away from a friend’s home in Oak Park, California.  Family members haven’t heard from him since, and his sister says Smith would never have abandoned his family.

“My biggest concern is that he did not pick up his son, which he was supposed to pick up on Wednesday morning to take him to school, and that is a concern for me,” Tara Addeo, Smith’s sister, told KABC-TV.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Public Information Officer Steve Whitmore told ABC News it’s an active missing-person case and ongoing investigation.

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Authorities say Smith was driving his black 2000 Mercedes-Benz 420E with a storage rack on the roof, tinted windows and a California license plate number 6EKT044. Evan Smith, a forward for the University of Southern California basketball team and Gavin’s son, has been using Twitter to spread the word on his father’s disappearance.

“Still looking for him, I’ll never stop,” Evan Smith tweeted on Sunday.

On Monday he tweeted, “WOW. So many people have come to my family’s side in these times of despair and confusion. i thank each and everyone of you for your support.”

Gavin Smith played for UCLA’s 1975 national championship team under legendary coach John Wooden. He has been a longtime employee at Fox.

Chris Aronson of 20th Century Fox said in statement that they are “extremely worried” about Smith and they are actively assisting the sheriff’s search for him.

Gavin Smith is described as 6 feet 6 inches tall, weighing 210 pounds, with green eyes, gray hair with blond streaks, and a goatee. He has a 5-inch scar on his calf and a 4-inch scar on his inner right wrist.

Anyone with information about Smith’s whereabouts is urged to contact detectives at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau.

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