Fox executive Gavin Smith was killed in his vehicle, according to the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department.
“There was evidence in the car that indicated he was killed in the car,” said Det. Dave Dolson on Thursday at a press conference.
Det. Dolson also said investigators think they have a pretty good idea of how and why the former 20th Century Fox executive died, but he didn’t go into further detail.
“We want to resolve this sooner than later,” he added. “But I can’t put a time frame on it. But we’re getting closer.”
According to the Sheriff’s Department, Smith’s body was discovered by hikers on Oct. 26 in a rural area of Palmdale, California, and was subsequently identified as Smith, who was last seen at a friend’s home in May 2012.
The results of Smith’s autopsy have not been finalized, and the cause of death has not yet been determined. Smith’s death is still under investigation by the sheriff’s homicide detectives.
It’s been more than two years since Smith was last seen, on May 1, 2012. He left a friend’s house in Ventura County between 9 and 10 p.m. PT. In May 2014, two years after his disappearance, Smith was declared dead.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department began looking at the case as a potential homicide after Smith’s car was discovered Feb. 21, 2013 in a storage unit in Simi Valley. The unit was connected to a convicted drug dealer, John Creech, who is currently serving time in jail.
Tim Kenneally and Jason Hughes contributed to this report.