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Arrests Made In Connection With Disappearance Of Central Coast College Student In 1990's

(Photo courtesy San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office)
San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's detectives arrest Paul Flores Tuesday at his San Pedro home for the 1996 murder of Cal Poly student Kristin Smart

Man considered longtime "person of interest" in case arrested for murder; Father arrested as accessory

Cal Poly student Kristen Smart disappeared in 1996, while walking home from a party with classmate Paul Flores. It was later presumed she was murdered. Flores was considered a person of interest in the case. But, San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Ian Parkinson says new evidence and interviews gave them enough to make arrests.

Flores was arrested on a murder charge at his LA area home Tuesday. His father was arrested his Central Coast home for being an accessory:

Despite a number of searches, Smart’s body hasn’t been recovered, but the sheriff says they are determined to find her.