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20th Century Fox Executive Disappeared 4 Days Ago Without a Trace

Photo of Gavin Smith courtesy of the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department
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Gavin Smith, an executive for 20th Century Fox, disappeared without warning and without a trace on Tuesday night—and he hasn't been heard from since.Smith was last seen leaving his home in Oak Park in Ventura county, but he didn't give anyone a clue about where he might be or what might cause him to disappear. Smith has been working in Fox's movie distribution department out of Calabasas for almost 18 years, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

"We are very concerned about Gavin," Fox distribution president Chris Aronson told The Hollywood Reporter. "We are actively doing what we can to assist the L.A. Sheriff's department."

Here are the details from the sheriff's department bulletin: He took off in his black 2000 Mercedes 420E on Tuesday night just after 9pm. He's a tall, lanky man standing at 6'06" at 210 lbs. He has grey hair and blonde highlights, a goatee and green eyes. He was last seen wearing purple pants, and black and grey shoes.

His son Evan Smith, a basketball player at USC, asked for help finding his father:

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