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SWAT Team Searches Home In Connection With Gavin Smith Case
A SWAT team raided the home of a family in San Fernando Valley for reasons that aren't immediately clear.The search began around 7:50 am this morning, and a woman and her two children were ordered out of their home by authorities, according to the Los Angeles Times. The search ended about an hour later and neighbors say that they didn't notice very much being carried out of the house.
The search was conducted in connection with the case of 20th Century Fox Executive Gavin Smith who went missing over a month ago. Neighbors identified the woman only as "Merma" and didn't say that they noticed anything unusual about the family.
A sheriff's spokesman didn't explain what the family's connection to the Smith case might be. He told the Times that the case was still considered a missing persons investigation. Smith lived and worked in Calabasas, but he was last seen at the home of a friend who lived in Oak Park.
Family and friends have been looking for the executive who seemed to vanish without a trace—although one person claims to have seen Smith with a woman up on the Central Coast.