SAN LUIS OBISPO (CBSLA) – Investigators will hold a news conference Monday to make an announcement in the investigation into the 1996 San Luis Obispo disappearance of 19-year-old Kristin Smart.
An undated photo of 19-year-old Kristin Smart. (CBS News)
The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office reported that it will hold a news briefing at 2 p.m. to discuss “major developments” in the case. No further details were released.
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In May of 1996, Smart of Stockton disappeared while a freshman at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. She was last seen leaving an off-campus party. Her body has never been found.
44-year-old Paul Flores, the prime suspect in Smart’s disappearance, was a fellow student at Cal Poly at the time of Smart’s disappearance and is believed to be the last person to see her alive.
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In February of 2020, and again in April of 2020, detectives searched his San Pedro home in connection with the case.
The FBI and San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office searches a home in San Pedro, Calif., in connection with the disappearance of 19-year-old Kristin Smart. Feb. 5, 2020. (CBS2)
Flores was arrested in February on an unrelated weapons charge. He was released on bail.
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Last month, authorities served a search warrant at the San Luis Obispo County home of his father.