News Round-Up: The Latest on Missing Terminator Actor Nick Stahl

The L.A.-based search narrows, days after the actor was last seen

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Actor Nick Stahl attends the New York premiere of "Sleepwalking," March 11, 2007 in New York.

Actor Nick Stahl, 32, best known for playing John Connor in 2003’s Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, has not been seen for a week. His estranged wife—identified in court documents from March as Roseann Marie Stahl but also referred to as Rose Murphy—has said that she last had contact with Stahl on May 9. She reported him missing on May 14; two days later the Los Angeles Times reported that the police were focusing their search on L.A.’s notorious Skid Row, the downtown district known as a hotbed for drugs and crime. As of last night, E! is touting an exclusive with sources who saw Stahl during the time he has been missing—but those sources, who say concern over the disappearance has been an overreaction, only saw him one day after his wife did.

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People reported yesterday that Randall Cole, who directed Stahl in last year’s 388 Arletta Avenue, said the actor was very professional. But Stahl had told Venice magazine in 2008 that experimentation with drugs was part of his darker, teenage years—and there’s evidence that Stahl’s wife was worried about his more recent drug habits. In early February, a petition to establish visitation for the couple’s 2-year-old daughter, which was obtained by E!, included a request that Stalh “have monitored visitation only to be monitored by a professional visitation monitor…and without Nicolas having used drugs in the past 24-hours [sic] with proof of a negative result for a test for drugs and alcohol within the 24 hours prior to his scheduled visitation time.” The March documents that settled the custody arrangement specified that those tests would be for marijuana, cocaine and alcohol.

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In other missing-celebrity news out of Hollywood, the family of Gavin Smith, a producer who has not been seen for two weeks, announced yesterday that they had called off a major planned search for him. According to Reuters, the lack of leads led authorities to believe that a focused effort over this coming weekend would have been futile.

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