PALMDALE – Human remains found in a rural area near Palmdale last week have been positively identified as Gavin Smith, a Fox studio executive who went missing more than two years ago, authorities said.
“Sheriff’s homicide detectives are continuing their investigation into the death of Gavin Smith, who was last seen at a friend’s residence on Tuesday, May 1, 2012, between 9 and 10 p.m.,” officials said in a statement from the Sheriff’s Information Bureau. “The results of the autopsy have not been finalized and the cause of death has not yet been determined.”
Hikers discovered a human skull during the morning of Sunday, Oct. 26 in the hills south of Mount Emma Road at 47th Street East, according to local media reports. Investigators later found more human remains nearby.
Authorities announced Wednesday that the remains were positively identified as those of Gavin Smith by Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office personnel, but have released no additional information.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500.
Smith’s disappearance was covered by national and international media in 2012. Numerous searches were conducted for the 57-year-old and a $20,000 reward was offered. Read more here, here, and here. Smith was declared legally dead on May 1, 2014.