Gavin Smith, former UCLA player, father to current USC sophomore, is missing

By Matt Norlander | College Basketball Writer
Some spooky and scary news has surfaced in Southern California.

Gavin Smith, the father of USC basketbal player Evan Smith, is missing. He hasn't been seen in a week. Gavin Smith, 57, is a movie executive, but also a former basketball player, too. He was a member of the final UCLA title team under John Wooden, in 1975.

He was reported missing six days ago, last Tuesday.

LA Weekly detailed the case Monday morning.

Smith was last seen at a friend's house Ventura County's Oak Park area between 9:00 and 10:00 p.m. on May 1, according to the L.A. County Sheriff's Department.

City News Service says he was actually seen driving away from the home in the 500 block of Callwood Court. Smith was driving a black, 2000 four-door Mercedes E Class (a 420 badged as a 500), deputies say. It has tinted windows, soft racks on the roof and California plate number 6EKT044. It's also missing.

The elder Smith, who has family and business connections in Calabasas and West Hills, worked at Fox for 18 years, according to reports: In fact, before he had gone missing, he had just returned from a movie business convention in Las Vegas.

Evan Smith is using Twitter to voice his concern, love and dedication to finding his dad -- and never giving up in that pursuit. This is pretty terrifying, overall. A collection of tweets from the younger Smith in the past three days.

If you see this and by chance have any information, the number to call is 323-890-5500. Fliers are being posted everywhere around Los Angeles now, and many have come to Evan Smith's aid to do their part to help find his father.

It's not often college basketball gets thrown into the hazy world of mystery, police detectives and missing-persons cases. Thoughts are with the Smith family. Let's hope some better news comes, and comes soon.

 
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