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Here's a True Hollywood Story that Tom Sizemore probably wishes he had no part in.
The trouble-prone actor has been questioned by Los Angeles police as part of an investigation into the mysterious disappearance of a female acquaintance, 25-year-old Megan Lacey Wren.
So who is this person and is Sizemore some kind of suspect?
According to the LAPD's missing person's blog, detectives are seeking the public's help in locating Wren, who vanished on March 31 at about 3 p.m. near L.A.'s Rampart district and hasn't been seen since.
"The family is very concerned about her unexplained disappearance, especially given the fact that she has a serious medical condition, and is [in] need of medical care," states the missing person's bulletin.
Wren is listed as a white female "actress" with brown hair and brown eyes, 5-feet-1, 110 pounds and has a slim build with a light complexion.
Although TMZ reports that Megan and Sizemore had been dating and that she was last seen with the Black Hawk Down star before vanishing, his camp is vehemently denying the assertion.
"The girl is not his girlfriend, it never was his girlfriend, it's a girl he knows," his manager and publicist, Charles Lago, tells E! News. "It's a friend of his...She's just a girl he knew through someone else.
"The day she went missing on the 31st, Tom was on a movie set [beginning] four days prior to that and [lasting to] a week after that, and police confirmed that. And he stayed in a hotel and he wasn't even home."
LAPD would not confirm whether investigators believe foul play is involved or how Sizemore might be involved.
However, an adamant Lago insists to E! News that "Tom is not a suspect at all."
"Tom did speak to the police, he offered for them to come search his apartment and they declined saying it wasn't necessary," he said.
The rep added that Wren "is a known heroin user" who's been "in and out of rehab."
"[Tom] has taken her to rehab, introduced her to the Celebrity Rehab people," he said. "The girl would go in and leave...he tried to help her.
"Tom is extremely friendly with the father and Tom hasn't seen the girl for a while, for like two weeks [before she disappeared], and he's been in touch with the father ever since that day," Laga added.
Wren's family could not be reached for comment.
After becoming one of Hollywood's most recognizable character actors with roles in such high profile flicks as Natural Born Killers, Saving Private Ryan and Pearl Harbor, Sizemore's once flying career went off the rails following multiple arrests for drugs and most recently domestic violence. He's now perhaps equally well known as a cast member on VH1's third season of Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew and Sober House.
That bad-boy image is something, Lago tells E! News, that Sizemore's been working hard to change.
"Contrary to popular belief, Tom has been clean and sober for two years," said the rep. "He just finished a pilot with Ethan Hawke called Exit Strategy, and he did a great job on that."
In any case, let's hope Wren's found. Anyone with information is asked to contact LAPD's missing person's unit at 213-996-1800.
UPDATE 11:14 a.m. : Det. Carmine Sasso, the officer in charge of LAPD's Adult Missing Person's Unit, confirms to E! News that detectives have spoken to Sizemore regarding Wren's disappearance and stressed that the case is classified as a missing person's investigation, therefore there are no suspects at this time.
"We got a prelimary statement from Mr. Sizemore on a missing persons investigation involving Megan Lacey Wren," Sasso says. "He's been cooperative. I can't go into specifics other than to say there's a lot more people to talk to and we have spoken to a few more and it's not over yet."
Asked about the possibility of foul play, Sasso wouldn't comment specifically, but pointed out that only a fraction of missing persons cases turns out to be criminal.
"California law states that a missing person investigation is noncriminal," the detective says. "We proceed in the vein of a missing persons until otherwise directed or find out more information. Do these cases turn into foul play, absolutely. Is it common? No it's not."
And given the hoopla over a celebrity being questioned, Sasso says: "It's a missing person's case so there are no suspects. There's a lot of chatter in the community and that chatter combined with history kind of points in a certain direction and we want to stay away from that."
(Originally published May 12, 2011, at 9:57 a.m. PT)