Father and Son Arrested in Missing College Student Kristin Smart’s Cold Case

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Nearly twenty-five years since her disappearance, authorities believe they have solved the mystery of what happened to missing California college student Kristin Smart.

The nineteen-year-old California Polytechnic State University freshman was last seen on Memorial Day weekend in 1996 after she left an off-campus party on Friday night. Paul Flores, now 43, offered to walk Smart back to her dorm room and she was never seen again.

Smart was reported missing three days later, but a search wasn’t launched until two more days had passed, in what San Luis Obispo Sheriff Ian Parkinson admitted was an early misstep in the investigation.

Flores, who claims to have returned to have parted with Smart when he reached his dorm room, became a prime suspect over the years but maintained he was innocent. Police were never able to bring charges against him and the case went cold.  

A 2019 podcast dedicated to the case, called “Your Own Backyard,” reignited public interest in the investigation and led to never before interviewed witnesses to come forward. In April 2020, a search of Flores’ San Pedro home revealed evidence related to Smart’s disappearance.  

Flores was arrested on Tuesday for the first-degree murder of Kristin Smart, his 80-year-old father, Ruben, was taken into custody as an accessory to the murder. San Luis Obispo County District Attorney Dan Dow claims that the younger Flores killed Smart in his dorm room during an attempted rape and his father helped him conceal her body. 

Investigators began searching Ruben’s Arroyo Grande property on Tuesday, they have yet to find Smart’s remains, but believe they know where it is located.  “We have not recovered Kristin. We’ll continue to focus on finding her remains regardless of any court action,” said Parkinson commented.

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Pissed Off American
Pissed Off American
26 days ago

Better LATE Than Never! Hope they get the Clown.

Elizabeth Estrada aka CHIAKIA

LISTEN UP…Thank GOD for TECHNOLOGY….DNA and GOOD DETECTIVE Work. SO GLAD JUSTICE Prevailed. YOU Can RUN but YOU Can’t HIDE. THEY Will COME for YOU. From SamuraiQueen. 😄😄😄

Bret
Bret
26 days ago

I’ve got a good cold case for them as well! it involves a lawyer in the state of Indiana who has been constantly been busted by the US Coast Guard with more than 7 Kilo’s of cocaine on his Yacht just about every single year at least 1 or more times per year! His name is Jay Allen! he was an attorney in Salem IN 47167 and a judge that kept him out of trouble all putting their collective skills together and killing Richard Allan Vanlaningham of Salem IN 47167 in 1978 in Katey’s Lane Cemetery July 3rd! They used his girlfriend to lure him from his parents house her name was Dianne Ackerman!

Junie
Junie
25 days ago
Reply to  Bret

I want to write that nothing goes without justice. Almighty God loves Justice and promises He will expose everything and everyone that is hidden. With this in mind, it is most crucial we all confess our sins and repent and call on Jesus of Nazareth to be saved. (It must be genuine repentance.) No one wants their sins on them when they leave this world. Hopefully Allan Vanlaningham was saved. Justice is coming either way.

paw paw
paw paw
23 days ago
Reply to  Junie

True! We either pay here or after death. We may die a physical death but our spirit lives on. There is a Heaven and there’s a Hell, nothing else!

Anne
Anne
25 days ago
Reply to  Bret

Yikes

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Anne
Anne
25 days ago

Miraculous it is usually the last person victim sees , boyfriend, girlfriend. Spouse, relative. Lover

Brando
Brando
24 days ago

Mexicans have been murdering white American females as long as they’ve been crossing the boarder.

Kdub
Kdub
23 days ago

Yes…better late than never…..