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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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