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.
County homicide investigators, along with a SWAT team, descended on a home in the 8600 block of Santa Susana Place in West Hills about 7:30 a.m., using a loudspeaker to tell residents to come out, according to neighbors. Investigators remained at the home for more than five hours before leaving the cul-de-sac 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.
According to property records and neighbors, the house belongs to John and Chandrika Creech.
A lawyer who came to the home, Daniel Teola, said 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."