On Wednesday the “Find Gavin Smith” website was launched to help a wife and her three sons locate a missing movie executive father. But there is no evidence thus far to support that any foul play has come to the 6-foot, 6-inch missing muscular man who was last seen driving away from a friend’s home at 10 p.m. on Tuesday of last week.
At first the family remained tight-lipped about the reason for Smith staying overnight at a friend’s home in Oak Park, Calif. on May 1, according to E! Online.
However, research of the eldest son’s Twitter account eventually solved that mystery, pointing to Smith’s personal decision to abandon his home and family as early as April 14.
“My dad decided to leave the family last nite. Real family sticks together,” 21-year-old Evan Smith said that night in April.
It isn’t clear if Smith was continuing to stay at his home until the out-of-town trip to Vegas due to work, even though he told his family he was leaving them, or if he had went to the friend’s home as far back as April.
What is clear, however, is that according to his family, he wasn’t due to be at either home on the night he disappeared, as he was scheduled to stay over in Vegas.
Regardless, the friend said Smith did arrive in Oak Park the night he disappeared, and even planned to follow the home owner to bed after watching some TV. But he was allegedly observed leaving the residence around 10 p.m., instead, and wearing what his family said he would never go out in public in: Smith’s son’s purple pants.
But his family also refused to divulge that there was a problem in the family until that was discovered by the press, so they aren’t very reliable when it comes to information about the disappearance at present, unless they can be more forthright with the police and the public.
Smith’s wife, Lisa, told ABC News that her husband was supposed to pick up his young son from school, and when he didn’t that was a red flag for her. That’s the only thing to date that supports foul play may be involved in his disappearance other than Smith not checking in with his employer.
This is a man missing only after telling his family he was going to be leaving them. So despite their insistence to the contrary, one child’s tweet offers proof that his father has merely exited the family scene in the only way he felt he could.
There has been no signs of foul play, and no blood or abandoned car have been found to indicate Smith met with an untimely accident or was the victim of a crime.
In addition, the fact that the friend with which he was staying says that Smith left of his own accord on the night he disappeared–and without advance warning, it would appear he didn’t want any more confrontation with anyone about his decision to abandon his loved ones.
Gavin Smith has been missing for just a little over a week, so this case could have a happy ending in so far as he returns home to put his family’s concerns at rest, even if the marriage ends.
Three possibilites exist that could make this a case of foul play:
- If the family is keeping additional information pertitnet to the case a secret–such as why Smith is said to have been driving near the family home before he disappeared, and how that information is known
- If Smith was involved in something that drew him out that night, and caused him to return early from Vegas.
- If the family friend hasn’t told the truth about the details of that night.
From a profiler’s perspective, however, the cops have accurately reported their position: It is a missing person’s case at present, with no signs of foul play to warrant any other distinction yet. And Smith’s family appear unable to accept that he chose to abandon the family–for whatever reason he gave them on that night in April.