Search Warrants Issued in Kristin Smart Case

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Kristin Smart (courtesy photo)

Update by San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office
February 5, 2020

Due to the high-profile nature of the investigation into the disappearance and whereabouts of Kristin Smart and to avoid the dissemination of misinformation, the Sheriff's Office is announcing this morning it has served search warrants for specific items of evidence inside four separate locations in California and Washington.

Two of those locations are in San Luis Obispo County, one location is in Los Angeles County and one location is in Washington State.  The search warrants are limited in scope, and sealed by the court. As a result, we are precluded by law from disclosing any further details about them. This is an active and on-going investigation. The Sheriff's Office will not be commenting any further and no additional information will be released at this time, nor do we anticipate any additional news releases regarding this investigation.


New Details Emerge in Kristin Smart Case

By edhat staff
January 29, 2020

The San Luis Obispo Sheriff's Office released new information Wednesday in the disappearance of Kristin Smart that occurred over 20 years ago.

Smart was a 19-year-old at the end of her freshman year of college on May 25, 1996, when she disappeared on the campus of California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly). She is presumed to have been abducted and killed, and was legally presumed dead on May 25, 2002. Smart's body has never been discovered and it remains an unsolved case.

In September of last year, Orcutt native Chris Lambert released a podcast series titled "Your Own Backyard" about the Smart case. The podcast was downloaded over a million times in its first 4 months leading to the renewed public interest in the investigation. The Smart family thanked Lambert for “his outstanding podcast” and attributed growing interest and progress in the unsolved case to his program. 

On Wednesday afternoon, the San Luis Obispo Sheriff's Office released new information in the Kristin Smart investigation "in response to the large number of recent public inquiries," they stated.

The Sheriff’s Detective Division has a team of investigators and forensic specialists who are actively working on the case. Since 2011 the team has serviced 18 search warrants, conducted physical evidence searches at nine separate locations, conducted a complete re-examination of every item of physical evidence seized by all agencies involved in this case, submitted 37 evidence items from the early days of the case for modern DNA testing, recovered 140 new items of evidence, conducted 91 person to person interviews, and written 364 supplemental reports, according to the press release.

Altogether the Sheriff’s Office has spent approximately $62,000 in investigative expenses including, but not limited to, DNA forensic testing as well as investing more than 7,500 employee hours since 2011 when Sheriff Ian Parkinson took office.

"Although it is generally not our practice to comment on items of evidence in active investigations, in this specific case we can confirm that the Sheriff’s Office currently holds two trucks in evidence that belonged to Flores family members in 1996. The Sheriff’s Office will not be commenting any further and no additional information will be released at this time," the statement concluded.

The trucks from the Flores family refer to Paul Flores, a Cal Poly student who was the last to see Smart alive. Smart was being walked back to her dorm by three other people following an off-campus party. Flores maintains his innocence stating they parted ways when he reached his dormitory which was before hers.

During a taped interview, Flores admitted to previously lying to investigators about a black eye. He said he received it while fixing his truck before ending the interview and refusing to answer questions. He later stated he received it playing basketball. Smart’s bloody earring was also found by a tenant at the former residence of Paul Flores’s mother. This earring has since mysteriously disappeared from police custody and initial searches of the Flores family home yielded no results.

Former San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Ed Williams previously said “there are no other suspects” than Paul Flores in Kristin Smart’s disappearance, according to the San Luis Obispo Tribune.

The Smart family filed a civil case of wrongful death against Flores in 2005. Flores has denied any involvement in the disappearance and his family also filed a lawsuit against the Smart family for emotional distress.

Flores currently lives in San Pedro while his parents live in Arroyo Grande. 

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a-1581010465 Feb 06, 2020 09:34 AM
Search Warrants Issued in Kristin Smart Case

Creep-boy was briefly detained, yesterday too. If nothing else, I’m glad they’re putting his face all over the news to let his peers, particularly women, know who/what he really is.

a-1581008087 Feb 06, 2020 08:54 AM
Search Warrants Issued in Kristin Smart Case

Clearer organization of what little info is available: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/05/us/paul-flores-kristin-smart-update.html?te=1&nl=california-today&emc=edit_ca_20200206&campaign_id=49&instance_id=15776&segment_id=21029&user_id=cbfb792000a61325f4177436cfe9e79f&regi_id=7882237020200206 -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

"The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office said last week that two trucks that belonged to members of the Flores family in 1996 were recently taken into evidence."

PitMix Feb 06, 2020 02:58 PM
Search Warrants Issued in Kristin Smart Case

To be clearer, if they finally find out what happened to their loved one and if someone is punished, that would be a good thing. But this seems like a series of tragedies- 1, their loved one disappears, 2 the cops can't make a case against anyone, 3 the person who appears guilty is not punished, 4- 22 yrs later the cops are serving warrants to find new evidence. The last tragedy will be if these new efforts don't provide a resolution to the case. My heart goes out to that family.

a-1580408659 Jan 30, 2020 10:24 AM
Search Warrants Issued in Kristin Smart Case

Cadaver dogs kept sniffing straight back to Flores’ dorm room, on 4 separate occasions, during the initial investigation. That, coupled with the fact that creepy-boy was admittedly the last person to see her, tells us all we need to know. Cowardly little boy... How does he live with himself?!??

a-1580407504 Jan 30, 2020 10:05 AM
Search Warrants Issued in Kristin Smart Case

The evidence of the beeping watch surely is creepy. Seems like there is a lot of evidence pointing to Paul Flores albeit circumstantial. Gotta make these charges stick.

Concerned4Calif Jan 30, 2020 08:09 AM
Search Warrants Issued in Kristin Smart Case

I presume they have the trucks in order to find minute blood evidence in the seams, cushions or else where. Its nearly impossible to clean up blood completely. Maybe they will find the evidence now and be able to confirm it was Kristin's.

a-1580398206 Jan 30, 2020 07:30 AM
Search Warrants Issued in Kristin Smart Case

Let's just hope that this obvious attempt at turning the screws on the Flores family leads to a conviction and closure for the Smart family.

a-1580350511 Jan 29, 2020 06:15 PM
Search Warrants Issued in Kristin Smart Case

Paul Flores is a disgusting creep who has been named in other sexual assaults. How much do you want to bet that there’s at least one “Flores” working for the SLO sheriff/police, hence the “lost” evidence (earring). Fundamentally corrupt POS, should have been born in a “rubber coffin”.

a-1580352092 Jan 29, 2020 06:41 PM
Search Warrants Issued in Kristin Smart Case

Agreed. Here's an article about his past "alleged" assaults-------- https://www.thedailybeast.com/four-women-say-the-man-suspected-of-murdering-a-college-student-sexually-assaulted-them

a-1580349063 Jan 29, 2020 05:51 PM
Search Warrants Issued in Kristin Smart Case

Can we all agree that this information is a bit confusing? Did Sheriffs have the trucks all along? If not, how are trucks from 24 years ago not a mess of contaminated evidence?

d8vanilla Jan 29, 2020 04:59 PM
Search Warrants Issued in Kristin Smart Case

After reading about the trucks, it sounds like they are releasing the info that they have the 2 trucks, NOT that they just impounded the two trucks. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
...Although it is generally not our practice to comment on items of evidence in active investigations, in this specific case we can confirm that the Sheriff’s Office currently holds two trucks in evidence that belonged to Flores family members in 1996. . ...

d8vanilla Jan 29, 2020 04:55 PM
Search Warrants Issued in Kristin Smart Case

Not quite sure how I feel about giving info about where, he and his family currently live, if he was not convicted. Seems like harassment, unless the Police have more evidence that implicates him, or his family, in the crime, that the police, are not talking about.

Bene Jan 30, 2020 06:16 PM
Search Warrants Issued in Kristin Smart Case

Cant understand that you got a down vote. Do people think we should not have the right to avoid people who may be dangerous? If anyone wants their kids to hang out with people who are under suspicion go ahead. But if others want to "err on the side of caution," that is also their right. I think information is good--and up to each individual what to do with that info or whether to believe it. Living next door to me is a paroled murderer who spent 30 years in prison for brutally murdering a girl I knew. He is living the life of riley now and his job involves lots of contact with young girls. Everyone thinks this is just fine. Well, that is their choice to think that and to hang with him. I personally would rather not.

Lina24 Jan 30, 2020 12:51 PM
Search Warrants Issued in Kristin Smart Case

We understand he hasn't been charged or convicted, but it's good information to know should your friend or daughter work with him, or worse, decide to date him, unbeknownst to them what his past looks like.

a-1580341670 Jan 29, 2020 03:47 PM
Search Warrants Issued in Kristin Smart Case

The "new evidence" is that the Sheriff's office has had two of the Flores' family's trucks locked away somewhere since 1996? Am I understanding this correctly?

a-1580341934 Jan 29, 2020 03:52 PM
Search Warrants Issued in Kristin Smart Case

I read it as they NOW have new evidence which are the trucks that the Flores family owned IN 1996. Clearly there is more to this and they're keeping quiet on it since this guy has evaded jail for far too long. The evidence is overwhelming but substantial and they couldn't make it stick. Listen to the podcast, it's really great and points to a lot more things including his family covering for him.

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