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Published On: Fri, Nov 7th, 2014

Body of Fox exec Gavin Smith found 2 years after disappearance

More than two years after Fox entertainment executive Gavin Smith disappeared in souther California, his body has been found, authorities said. Smith’s body was found in a shallow grave and police details their new findings.

Gavin_SmithHikers in the area found the location where the body was buried in Palmdale, according to Lt. Dave Dolson of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

“It’s a crucial piece of evidence,” Dolson said. “Because of the discovery of Gavin’s remains, there’s potentially a lot more evidence for us to process.”

Smith disappeared in May 2012 after leaving a friend’s house without saying where he was going. His black Mercedes was recovered at a storage facility in 2013, but his whereabouts remained a mystery. Authorities identified his body Wednesday.

Dolson said police “have a pretty good picture” on what happened the night Smith disappeared and why he was murdered but they would not share any details at this point.

“We have witnesses that are paramount to the case,” Dolson said. “There was evidence in the car that indicated he was killed in the car.”

When asked if Smith’s remains showed signs of stabbing or strangulation, Dolson said, “There’s indications that there was some trauma.”

Dolson said police may not be able to determine the cause of death because the body had been missing for so long.

Authorities are not actively looking for anyone in the case, he said.

The storage facility was rented by John Creech, who authorities said they wanted to talk to in connection with the case. He was sentenced to prison on unrelated drug charges.

Creech remains a “person of interest” in the case, Dolson said.

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