Who Is Missing Hollywood Executive Gavin Smith?

PHOTO: Gavin Smith, 57, left, a movie executive with 20th Century Fox studios has gone missing.
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Family members of missing Hollywood executive Gavin Smith paint a portrait of a man who is well-liked and well-adjusted, who loves his family and his work too much to just abandon them.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is investigating Smith's disappearance as a missing person's case, with spokesman Steve Whitmore saying detectives have found no evidence of foul play. However, entertainment website Deadline Hollywood was reporting Wednesday night that the investigation had been changed to a criminal homicide.

Whitmore told ABCNews.com that nothing had changed; missing persons' cases are always handled by the homicide division.

Meanwhile, the search continues for the 57-year-old former UCLA basketball star and 20th Century Fox movie executive who has been missing since the night of May 1. The family has set up a website, findinggavinsmith.com, to funnel information, and Smith's eldest son, Evan Smith, a star basketball player at USC, continues to spread the word of his father's disappearance on Twitter.

Smith's disappearance remains a mystery, especially to those who knew him best.

"Everybody loved him," his sister Tara Addeo told ABC News' Cecilia Vega. "I mean, I know that sounds very cliche to say in a situation when you're missing someone that you love so much, that everybody loved them. But honestly, it is the truth. Everybody did love him. He was wonderful. I cannot imagine him having any enemies."

On May 1, Smith was staying at the home of a family friend in Oak Park, Calif., not far from his own home in the upscale community of West Hills on the eastern edge of Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley, when he drove off, without a word, in his black Mercedes around 10 p.m. and never came back.

His wife, Lisa Smith, reported him missing the next morning when he failed to pick up their youngest son to take him to school and then did not call into work or his family.

"That's a huge cause for concern," Lisa Smith told Vega. "He did not call his office. He didn't show up to work. He's never done any of those things in 21 years."

The family would not say why Smith, an 18-year veteran in the movie industry who has helped distribute movies such as "Avatar" and the "Star Wars" trilogy, was staying with the family friend in Oak Park after returning from a movie convention in Las Vegas.

Law enforcement officials and Addeo have spoken to the friend, a woman, since Smith's disappearance, and Addeo said, "She had no indication that anything was wrong with him, at all."

"He was not unstable," Addeo added. "He was a loving father. He would do anything for his boys."

"My father's a very, very responsible adult," Evan Smith told Vega. "He would never do anything like that. He's a great father. He would never leave my little brother out on the street, waiting for him to get picked up, you know? So that's a cause for concern right there. My dad had no reason to leave. No reason at all."

Addeo said even as a teenager, Smith would always inform the family of his whereabouts.

"That's the way we were raised," she said. "I know from growing up, he would never just walk away."

Smith grew up in the San Fernando Valley in a movie industry family. His mother was an assistant movie producer, as well as a script supervisor, and got Smith involved in the business at an early age.

He even did work in front of the camera, as a stuntman on episodes of "Remington Steele" and as an actor in films, including "The Ty Cobb Story."

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