Is Gavin Smith really missing?
The 20th Century Fox executive who was last seen May 1 in Oak Park, Calif., has reportedly been spotted at a restaurant on the central coast.
Locals and a frequent visitor in Morro Bay told NBC LA in exclusive interviews that they remember seeing Smith and a tall female companion at Taco Temple, a popular restaurant on Highway 1.
"They were kind of quiet when they first came in and then once I got them talking, they seemed real friendly," said waitress Marcy Carney, who remembers the pair because of the big tip she received at the end of the meal.
"I'm pretty sure they said they were headed north," Carney recalled.
David Brill, a businessman from Madison, Wis., told NBC LA he noticed Smith because of his height and unusually white teeth. The next morning at the office, said Brill, he read a news story about a missing Hollywood executive and recognized Smith in the accompanying photo.
Brill said he contacted the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department after making the connection, but claims they have not called him back yet.
The Huffington Post reached out to the LASD for comment and will update this story when we get a response.
Last week, Smith's family organized a weekend search but canceled it two days beforehand. In a statement, family spokesman Howard Bragman explained, "There is not a specific area of defined interest to make this effort productive at this time."
A family website dedicated to the search, findgavinsmith.com, has not been updated since the cancellation announcement.
Smith is a distribution executive for 20th Century Fox who has worked on films like "Avatar" and "Star Wars." In 1975, he played on UCLA's championship basketball team under legendary Coach John Wooden.
He was last seen May 1 at the home of a family friend in Oak Park, Calif. Smith was wearing purple workout pants and black and gray shoes, and he drove off in his black Mercedes at around 10 p.m. that night. His car is a black 2000 Mercedes 420E with padded storage racks on the roof and tinted windows.
The LASD released a description of him as 6-foot-6, 210 lb. man with green eyes, gray hair with blond streaks and a goatee. Other physical markers include a 5-inch scar on his calf and a 4-inch scar on his wrist.
Smith has walked out on his family at least once before, reports E! Online.
"Thoughts and prayers out to my amazing Mom and my bros plz," his son Evan tweeted in April. "My Dad decided to leave the family last night. Real Family sticks together."
Evan later deleted the message (see a screenshot) and told E! Online that his parents have never separated.
"They were just going through normal stuff couples go through," said Evan.
May 1, 201: Gavin Smith Last Seen
Gavin Smith was last seen at his home on the 500 block of Callwood Court in Oak Park, Calif. He left in his 2000 black Mercedes Benz wearing purple pant and black and grey shoes.
May 4, 2012: LASD Releases Missing Person Bulletin
Four days after he was last seen, the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department released a missing person bulletin about Gavin Smith.
May 7, 2012: Smith's Family Launches Website
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/08/gavin-smith-missing-find-gavin-smith-site_n_1501195.html" target="_blank">Smith's family launched</a> the "<a href="http://findgavinsmith.com" target="_blank">Find Gavin Smith</a>" site to get the word out about his physical description, contact information and details about canvassing and search parties. It was last updated May 17, 2012.
May 9, 2012: Smith Sons Go Public
Smith's three sons went to <a href="http://www.insideedition.com/headlines/4329-family-of-missing-hollywood-studio-exec-continues-search" target="_blank">Inside Edition</a> to urge Americans to help find their father. They also spoke about how they were skipping school to help with the search. Check out <a href="http://www.insideedition.com/headlines/4329-family-of-missing-hollywood-studio-exec-continues-search" target="_blank">Inside Edition</a> to learn more about the toll the search was taking on the family.
May 24, 2012: Unconfirmed Reports Of A Sighting
NBC LA reported that locals at tourist destination Morro Bay spotted someone who looked like Gavin Smith at a restaurant. They also claimed he was with a tall female companion. Morro Bay is located on the central coast of California. To see video of interview with Morro Bay residents, <a href="http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Missing-Fox-Executive-Gavin-Smith-Morro-Bay-Taco-Temple-Sighting-LA-County-Sheriffs-153446535.html" target="_blank">check out NBC LA</a>.
June 5, 2012: $20,000 Reward Announced
Gavin Smith's family offers a $20,000 reward for information that could help bring the missing husband and father home. Check out <a href="http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2012/06/04/family-to-offer-20k-reward-for-information-leading-to-fox-executives-return/" target="_blank">CBS2/KCAL9 for video</a> of the story.
June 9, 2012: Detectives Search Creech Home
Los Angeles sheriff's investigators search the home of convicted drug dealer John Creech. <a href="http://articles.latimes.com/2012/jun/10/local/la-me-0609-fox-executive-20120610" target="_blank">Cops left with a computer</a>, boxes and a black SUV, reports the Los Angeles Times. Creech lived in the home with with Chandrika Creech, and a lawyer confirmed to the Times that it was in fact the second time police had search the property. Check out <a href="http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2012/06/21/e-missing-fox-executive-is-romantically-tied-to-married-woman-whose-house-was-searched/" target="_blank">CBS2/KCAL9</a> for footage of the search and comment from Smith's sister.
June 10, 2012: Smith Family Continues To Search
Friends and family continued to search for Gavin Smith in Sylmar, Calif. Sunday because a tower in the area had received the last ping from his cellphone before he disappeared.
June 21, 2012: E! News Reports On Romantic Link
<a href="http://www.eonline.com/news/325213/sources-missing-fox-exec-gavin-smith-had-affair-with-woman-whose-house-was-searched-by-police" target="_blank">E! News reports</a> that Gavin Smith was romantically linked with Chandrika Creech. The pair met in therapy in 2008 and started to have an affair, according to an anonymous source. John Creech reportedly learned of the affair and asked his wife to end it.
March 14, 2013: Missing Persons Case Becomes Homicide Investigation
Police are calling Smith's case a homicide investigation after the discovery of his <a href="http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2013/03/gavin-smith-car-found-homicide-case.html" target="_blank">Mercedes Benz in a storage facility</a> linked to John Creech, reports the Los Angeles Times. No body has been recovered.