Police search home of California couple in disappearance of Hollywood executive Gavin Smith

FILE: This photo shows Gavin Smith.

FILE: This photo shows Gavin Smith.  (MyFoxLA)

Authorities probing the mysterious disappearance of a Hollywood executive have reportedly searched the home of a San Fernando Valley couple for clues in the investigation.

Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies, including a SWAT team, descended on the home in Canoga Park early Friday and removed various items in possible connection to the disappearance of movie executive Gavin Smith, Fox affiliate KTTV reported. 

Smith, 57, who played basketball for legendary coach John Wooden at UCLA in the 1970s, is a 20th Century Fox movie executive who lives in West Hills, Calif. He was last seen May 1 leaving a family friend's home in Oak Park, about 35 miles west of downtown Los Angeles, police said.

The Los Angeles Times identified the owners of the Canoga Park home as John and Chandrika Creech. 

A neighbor told the newspaper that when deputies arrived at the home early Friday, they "called out on the loudspeaker for the owners to come out." The neighbor said a woman and two girls emerged from the two-story home when deputies served a search warrant, according to the newspaper.

Authorities reportedly left with boxes, a computer and a black SUV belonging to the husband. 

"It's one of many search warrants that we've served in our search for Gavin Smith," Lt. Dave Dolson of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department told KTTV. "We're here just seeking information about his disappearance."

A source close to the matter told the station that police were pressuring the husband to take a lie-detector test.

Smith's disappearance remains classified as a "missing persons case," authorities said. Smith's wife and three sons announced last week that a $20,000 reward is being offered for information leading to his whereabouts.

Smith was last seen driving his Mercedes-Benz away from a friend's home in Oak Park -- not far from his family's home in an affluent community of West Hills. He was staying with a friend at the time of his disappearance, but the reason remains unclear.

Smith worked in the movie industry for 18 years and helped distribute blockbuster hits such as "Avatar" and the "Star Wars" trilogy. The executive, who is 6 feet, 6 inches tall, was also a member of UCLA's 1975 national championship men's basketball team. His son, Evan, plays basketball for USC.

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