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    https://www.sanluisobispo.com/news/l...239770913.html

    The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Wednesday that it has new evidence tied to the 1996 disappearance of Cal Poly student Kristin Smart.

    In a news release, the agency said it has taken two trucks into evidence that belonged to members of the family of Paul Flores in 1996.

    Flores, who was also a Cal Poly student at the time, was the last person to see Kristin Smart when she went missing from San Luis Obispo on Memorial Day weekend 24 years ago. Flores now resides in San Pedro, but his parents still live in Arroyo Grande.

    Though the case has long remained unsolved, a podcast series hosted by Orcutt resident Chris Lambert has sparked renewed interest in the community.

    The seventh episode of the podcast, which dropped on Wednesday, revealed new details that had not yet been released by the SLO County Sheriff’s Office, including its possession of the two trucks.
    The Sheriff’s Office said it has a team of investigators and forensic specialists that is actively working on the Smart case.

    Since 2011, the Sheriff’s Office said it has served 18 search warrants, conducted physical evidence searches at nine locations, submitted 37 evidence items from the early days of the case for modern DNA testing, recovered 140 new items of evidence, conducted 91 in-person interviews and written 364 supplemental reports.

    According to the news release, the Sheriff’s Office has spent approximately $62,000 in investigative expenses.

    The office says it will not be releasing further information at this time.

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    Do they really think they will find anything in the trucks after all this time??? I guess it's possible, but seems like a long shot.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Nic B View Post
    Do they really think they will find anything in the trucks after all this time??? I guess it's possible, but seems like a long shot.
    I have to admit, I was shocked that vans from 1996 were still running and hadn't been crushed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Meshuga View Post
    I have to admit, I was shocked that vans from 1996 were still running and hadn't been crushed.
    I had my 1993 car until this fall. It still ran. Granted, I only kept it because it was sentimental as it was our first new car, but it was driveable. I donated it to charity a few months ago.

    I hope they find something in the trucks!

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    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news...smart-n1120426

    Authorities investigating the 1996 disappearance of college student Kristin Smart served searched warrants in California and Washington state for items believed to be connected to the case.

    The warrants were served on Wednesday for "specific items of evidence" at four different locations, the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office said in a press release.

    Two of the locations are in San Luis Obispo County, one is in Washington state and authorities told NBC News that the fourth is a home in Los Angeles County.

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    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/05/u...rt-update.html

    On Wednesday, the authorities investigating Ms. Smart’s disappearance executed search warrants at four locations in California and Washington State and recovered “some items of interest,” said Tony Cipolla, a spokesman for the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office.

    The discovery of the items, which Mr. Cipolla declined to describe, raised hopes that the case might finally be solved.

    “We will now analyze those and see how they relate to this case,” Mr. Cipolla said in an interview. “We would like nothing more than to bring closure to the Smart family in this case.”

    Ms. Smart’s mother, Denise Smart, told The Stockton Record last month that she had recently been contacted by a retired F.B.I. agent and told to prepare for a possible breakthrough in the case.

    “Be ready,” the mother recalled the retired agent telling her, according to The Record. “This is really going to be something you don’t expect. We want to give you the support you need.”

    Ms. Smart said the retired agent recommended she find a family spokesman but offered little else about the possible developments in the investigation.

    “It’s like, ‘Can you give me the flight plan?’” Ms. Smart told the local paper. “When is this happening?”

    Mr. Cipolla would not reveal the four locations searched on Wednesday, saying the search warrants had been sealed by a court.

    But one of the locations was the San Pedro, Calif., home of Paul Flores, 43, according to KCAL-TV in Los Angeles.

    A former Cal Poly student, Mr. Flores was the last person to see Ms. Smart after she left the party at about 2 a.m. on May 25, 1996, Mr. Cipolla said. Mr. Flores has denied any involvement in her disappearance and has said that he walked her only as far as his dorm, where they parted ways, Mr. Cipolla said.

    Mr. Flores, who has never been charged in the case, has long been a person of interest in Ms. Smart’s disappearance. Mr. Cipolla described him on Wednesday as “the only person of interest.”

    KCAL-TV reported that a man believed to be Mr. Flores was detained in a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department squad vehicle for two hours Wednesday morning outside the home in San Pedro. The man was handcuffed, questioned and then released by deputies after signing paperwork, KCAL-TV reported.

    The San Luis Obispo Tribune reported that sheriff’s deputies and F.B.I. agents were also seen on Wednesday outside the home in Arroyo Grande, Calif., of Mr. Flores’s mother, Susan Flores.

    Caution tape was posted outside Ms. Flores’s home, and about 15 spectators gathered across the street to watch the investigators work, some shouting, “Dig her up,” The Tribune reported.

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    I'd wager that Paul will now either disappear himself or walk off of a bridge.

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    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news...-home-n1190316

    An investigation into the 1996 disappearance of California college student Kristin Smart took another twist with a second search warrant issued at the home of a former fellow student Wednesday.

    Authorities served a search warrant at the Los Angeles County home of Paul Flores, with the San Luis Obispo Sheriff's Office saying in a statement that investigators were looking for "specific items of evidence".

    Flores "continues to be a person of interest" in the cold case, the sheriff's office statement said. The search warrant is sealed by the court.

    The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office assisted in Wednesday's search of Flores' home, which is about 200 miles south of San Luis Obispo.

    A search warrant was also served at Flores' home in February. At that time, authorities also served warrants at two locations in San Luis Obispo County and one in Washington State.

    "Today's search warrant only involved the home of Paul Flores," Wednesday's statement from the sheriff's office said. Flores, who has been the subject of several police inquiries and searches, has never been charged in connection with the disappearance of Smart.

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    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/kristin...atch-48-hours/

    Was the beeping in a backyard coming from a missing woman's digital watch?

    In the fall of 1996, a young mother named Mary Lassiter was looking for a house to rent in Arroyo Grande, California. She spotted an ad for a rental that a woman named Susan Flores had put in the local newspaper. The charming blue house with the picket fence on East Branch Street seemed perfect. In October 1996, Mary and her family moved in.

    The Lassisters say soon after, strange postcards began showing up in their mailbox. They were meant for Susan Flores – asking her to cooperate with police and have her son come forward. That's how the Lassiters learned that their landlord's son, Paul, was the prime suspect in the disappearance of a young college student in nearby San Luis Obispo.

    Four months earlier, Kristin Smart, a freshman at California Polytechnic State University – better known as Cal Poly – had gone to a party on Friday, May 24 – the start of the Memorial Day weekend. People who were there have said she was intoxicated. Some even wondered if she might have been drugged. By the end of the evening she was found passed out on the lawn next door and needed help to get back to the dorm. A student named Paul Flores, Susan's son, volunteered to take her back. He was the last person seen with her.

    More than two decades later, Chris Lambert, a podcaster who was investigating Kristin's disappearance, tracked down and interviewed Mary Lassiter. His podcast, "Your Own Backyard," has become a big hit – attracting millions of listeners eager to hear every detail surrounding this unsolved case. "48 Hours" contributor Jonathan Vigliotti takes viewers inside the popular podcast and haunting case in "The Disappearance of Kristin Smart," an all-new "48 Hours" airing Saturday, November 28 at 10/9c on CBS.

    Over the years, Susan Flores's backyard has been the focus of widespread speculation because of stories like the ones Mary Lassiter told Chris Lambert. She told him that shortly after moving in, she was washing her car in the driveway and found an earring next to the left front tire. The earring was turned over to the San Luis Obispo Sheriff's Office, but investigators will never know if it belonged to Kristin, because it was misplaced. Lassiter told Lambert the earring she found matched the necklace Kristin was wearing on one of the "Missing Cal Poly Student" billboards.

    But perhaps Mary Lassiter's most disturbing story was about being awakened very early in the morning by a beeping sound coming from the backyard.

    As she told Chris Lambert, "In the master bedroom, I'm hearing this 'beep beep' every night at 4:20, or 4:20 in the morning." It sounded like a digital watch alarm, but Lassiter couldn't find a watch anywhere outside. The backyard was all concrete except for a couple of areas where planter boxes had been created by cutting out the concrete and filling them with soil.

    Chris Lambert told Jonathan Vigliotti, "It drove [Mary Lassiter] crazy and she went out there many times in the middle of the night to try to find it with sticks, sticking down into the planter boxes down in the soil." She told Lambert that after several months, the beeping stopped. He believes that meant "the batteries went dead and that the object that was beeping hadn't been there very long."

    When Lambert later told Kristin's mother, Denise, about those early morning beeping sounds in Susan Flores's backyard, he said her reaction was "shock … we just kind of stared at each other for a good long time … I think it took a while to settle in, that this could potentially be huge." And very chilling. Denise had told Lambert that her daughter had been working as a lifeguard at the university's rec center, and every morning Kristin's watch alarm went off to make sure she was at the pool by 5 a.m.

    Over the years, law enforcement and the Smarts' lawyers have searched Susan Flores's backyard several times, but nothing has ever been found. Investigators could have excavated the yard, but their decision not to was a crushing blow for the Smart family.

    Kristin's parents have spent more than two decades hoping for any clue that would lead them to their beloved daughter. Even when law enforcement let them down, they refused to give up. Over the years, while Stan Smart hiked every trail around California's Central Coast in hopes of finding Kristin's remains, Denise relentlessly pushed law enforcement to do more. The Smarts' younger daughter, Lindsey, described her parents to Vigliotti: "I think they're like carrying boulders on their backs."
    The podcast:https://www.yourownbackyardpodcast.com/

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    Fingers crossed they can find her.

    https://www.ksby.com/news/local-news...etrating-radar

    Sheriff's deputies search Paul Flores's family home in Arroyo Grande with cadaver dogs, ground-penetrating radar

    UPDATE (2:15 p.m.) - The vehicle towed from Ruben Flores' home Monday morning was a 1985 Volkswagen registered to Ruben and Susan Flores, according to the DMV.
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    UPDATE (9:20 a.m.) - An older-model Volkswagen was being towed from the home of Ruben Flores after cadaver dogs searched the vehicle.

    Cadaver dogs search an old Volkswagen cabriolet that was parked in Ruben Flores’ garage @KSBY #kristinsmart pic.twitter.com/NsaFWDJVld
    — Megan Healy (@MeganHealyTV) March 15, 2021

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    (7:47 a.m.) - Another search warrant in connection to the 1996 disappearance of Cal Poly student Kristin Smart was served Monday morning in Arroyo Grande, this time at the home of Paul Flores's father.

    The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office is searching the yard of Ruben Flores's home, located in the 700 block of White Ct. in Arroyo Grande.

    Investigators are using cadaver dogs and ground-penetrating radar (GPR) in their search, according to sheriff's officials.

    Paul Flores is the longtime person-of-interest in Smart's disappearance. For the first time on Monday, investigators officially called him the "prime suspect."

    Following news of Monday's search, the Smart family released the following statement: “We are encouraged by the news of today’s search of Ruben Flores’ property. We appreciate the vigilance and professionalism of Sheriff Ian Parkinson and his department and our family looks forward to learning more in the hours and days ahead.”
    Last month, Flores was arrested in Los Angeles County on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Sheriff's officials said that arrest came as a result of information obtained during searches of his San Pedro home in February and April of 2020, when investigators were reportedly looking for items of interest in the Smart case.

    The February 2020 investigation also included searches at the two Arroyo Grande homes of Flores's parents, Ruben and Susan, and his sister's home in Washington state.

    Sheriff's officials say the current search could take a couple of days to complete and traffic in the area may be impacted.

    Officials say the search warrant is sealed and no other information on the "active and ongoing investigation" will be released at this time.

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    OMG, finally!

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/w...-b1830903.html

    Two men arrested in Kristin Smart missing person case

    Police have arrested two men in connection to the disappearance of Kristin Smart, a California woman who’s been missing since 1996.

    Ms Smart’s family told CNN that the two men in custody are Paul Flores, the prime suspect, and his father, Ruben Flores.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raisedbywolves View Post
    OMG, finally!

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/w...-b1830903.html

    Two men arrested in Kristin Smart missing person case
    Wow! Now only if they will admit where her body is...


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    yes i said i will leave it under you storage he said cuddle with me i said shut up it over??? what am i doing wrong??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nic B View Post
    Wow! Now only if they will admit where her body is...
    Right?! I have waited on a resolution in this case for forever. I am happy that her family will finally get some kind of justice.

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    https://www.cnn.com/2021/04/14/us/kr...ney/index.html

    Kristin Smart, who disappeared in 1996, may have been raped and killed in a college dorm, prosecutor says

    Kristin Smart, the California college student who vanished in 1996, was killed during a rape or attempted to rape in a dorm room, prosecutors alleged Wednesday.

    Paul Flores, 44, was formally charged with first-degree murder in connection with her death, according to San Luis Obispo County District Attorney Dan Dow, who announced the charges after new evidence recently came to light in the case.

    "So what I can tell you is that significant new information has come in to the sheriff's office that we've read over the last two years, and some very important information just a month ago," Dow said at a news conference Wednesday.

    The suspect's father, Ruben Flores, 80, was charged with being an accessory to Smart's murder for allegedly helping to conceal her body. He is being held on $250,000 bail, according to jail records.

    Neither the sheriff nor prosecutors have said what has been discovered. Investigators believe they have evidence of a location where Smart was taken, but her remains have not been found.

    "Investigators began ground penetrating radar at the home of Ruben Flores Tuesday morning at about 7:30 and concluded about 5 p.m.," San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office spokesman Tony Cipolla told CNN on Wednesday. "They dug on the property today using hand tools. They recovered items of evidence both inside and outside the residence, in the ground."

    The suspects were arrested Tuesday, San Luis Obispo (SLO) County Sheriff Ian Parkinson said at a news conference.

    Authorities have not found Smart's body, Parkinson said, but they have come across forensic physical evidence that they "believe it is linked to Kristin."

    The suspects were booked into the San Luis Obispo County Jail, according to online inmate records.

    Both Paul and Ruben Flores are expected to be arraigned Thursday morning.

    Attorney Harold Messick, who represents Ruben Flores, did not immediately respond to CNN's request for comment.

    Robert Sanger, an attorney representing Paul Flores, said he would not comment on "pending cases."

    In a statement, Dow said "these charges mark a major milestone."

    "Today, we make the first move toward bringing justice to Kristin, her family, and the people of San Luis Obispo County," he said.

    Prosecutors suggested there may be other victims of sexual assault linked to Paul Flores in the San Pedro area, and asked for the public's help with identifying other potential crimes.

    "We are also seeking the public's assistance in providing any information about this case or information on other potential crimes believed to have been perpetrated by Paul Ruben Flores, including assault or other acts," the district attorney said.

    Individuals with any information are encouraged to contact San Luis Obispo County Crime Stoppers at 805-549-7867 or go to www.slotips.org.
    Last month, authorities searched Ruben Flores' home in Arroyo Grande.

    "Additional evidence related to the Smart investigation was discovered at that time," the sheriff said on Tuesday, without specifying what was found.

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    https://apnews.com/article/us-news-a...source=Twitter

    Chris Lambert would like to get back to making music but he can?t stop chasing a ghost that has haunted him for nearly 25 years.

    A roadside billboard on California?s Central Coast detoured him three years ago from his career as a singer-songwriter and recording engineer to create a podcast about the 1996 disappearance of college freshman Kristin Smart. It?s taken over his life.
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    Good!

    https://ktla.com/news/local-news/pau...kristin-smart/

    Paul Flores denied bail as he waits for trial in disappearance of Kristin Smart

    A judge on Monday ordered that Paul Flores remain in a San Luis Obispo County jail as he awaits trial on charges he killed Kristin Smart during an attempted rape in 1996.

    Superior Court Judge Craig B. Van Rooyen ruled there was a “substantial likelihood” that Flores, 44, would pose a danger to the public if he were granted bail and released before trial. The judge said he made the decision after reviewing information submitted under seal by investigators indicating Flores may have sexually assaulted other women.

    The judge’s ruling came as police in Los Angeles and San Luis Obispo counties have continued to investigate sexual assaults they suspect Flores may have committed after Smart disappeared while he and she were students at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

    San Luis Obispo prosecutors said last week they were investigating whether Flores sexually assaulted women in the San Pedro area, where he has lived for the last 15 years. And the Los Angeles Police Department disclosed that detectives had gathered evidence implicating Flores in two alleged sexual assaults. Redondo Beach police in 2013 presented a rape case against Flores to Los Angeles County prosecutors, who ultimately declined to file charges for lack of evidence.

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