Temptation Island contestant Evan Smith knew something was wrong right away that fateful day in May 2012, when his father Gavin, a Fox film executive, never showed up to take Evan's younger brother to school.
As RadarOnline.com reported, Evan's greatest fears were realized when eight months later Gavin's bloodied car was discovered in a Simi Valley storage unit. A little over a year later, hikers discovered Gavin's remains in the Angeles National Forest.
"My dad had never, never let us down like that," Evan, 28, told PEOPLE. "He'd always been there for my brothers and I. So, I knew something was wrong, I knew something was up."
In January of 2015, convicted drug dealer John Creech was charged with Gavin's murder. He allegedly killed the film exec after learning he had been having an affair with Creech's wife, Chandrika Creech.
Evan said after Creech learned about the affair in 2010, he and his younger brother went to the man's house to beg him not to hurt their dad.
"I basically just told him that I was very apologetic for his behavior," Evan said. "And that I promise you that my dad would never talk to your wife ever again, and I'm so sorry that he's hurt you and your family."
But their pleas didn't work. In 2017, Creech was sentenced to 11 years in prison for the death. Prosecutors argued that the convicted drug dealer snuck up on him during a late-night rendezvous with Chandrika, and beat him "mercilessly."
Today, Evan is appearing on Temptation Island with his on-again, off-again girlfriend Kaci Campbell to figure out if he's ready to commit to their relationship. He says he has forgiven his father and his transgressions, and is moving forward with his life.
"He was one of my best friends. He taught me so much. I had a great childhood with him," Evan Smith said abut his dad. "He just messed up," says Evan. "He got a little lost, and I know if he was still here today that he would be so apologetic for how things finished up."
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