Cops Raid Home In Missing Exec Case
Published: June 13, 2012
Cops Raid Home In Missing Exec Case, Gavin Smith disappeared over a month ago and police say they aren’t ruling anything out.Sheriff’s investigators searched a home in the San Fernando Valley on Friday in connection with the case of missing 20th Century Fox movie executive Gavin Smith, who disappeared more than a month ago.
A SWAT team and county homicide investigators descended on a cul-de-sac home in the 8600 block of Santa Susana Place in West Hills in the early morning hours June 8, using a loudspeaker to tell residents to come out, according to neighbors who spoke to the LA Times.
According to property records and neighbors, the house belongs to John and Chandrika Creech. Investigators remained at the home for more than five hours before leaving the home with boxes and a computer. They also towed away a black Audi SUV.
Authorities refused to provide details about the search, but said no arrests had been made.
A lawyer who came to the home, Daniel Teola, told the LA Times this was the second time in a month that deputies had searched the house. He refused to discuss the case or identify his clients.
Sheriff’s Lt. Dave Dolson emphasized that the investigation remains a missing person case and not a homicide investigation.
“We don’t have anything indicating there was foul play involved,” Dolson said. “We are not ruling it out, of course.… Everything’s still on the table.”
A law enforcement source said that serving a search warrant in a missing persons case is highly unusual.
The search comes days after a $20,000 reward was offered as officials appealed to the public for information that could help solve the case.
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