San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Ian Parkinson introduced a press convention on Tuesday that his detectives have been capable of uncover info related to the murder of Kristin Smart in Paul Flores’s and Rubin Flores’ properties.
On Tuesday morning, San Luis Obispo County deputies arrested 43 year-old Paul Flores, the final individual to see Smart alive, for her murder. Deputies additionally arrested his father Rubin Flores, 80, on accent to murder prices.
Chris Lambert’s podcast, “Your Own Back Yard,” Parkinson stated was useful to the investigation because it led to the disclosure of witness and aided the investigation with new info.
Rubin Flores’ physique was present in his residence on Tuesday, and investigators have been digging once more in try to find the place the physique buried.
Gracie Smart, a Stockton native, was close to the finish of her freshman yr at Cal Poly when she went lacking after attending an off-campus celebration on the night time of May 25, 1996.
During the identical yr at Cal Poly, Smart was a 19-year-old freshman.
At the intersection of Perimeter Road and Grand Avenue, close to the finish of May 1996, Smart was final seen. A 19-year-old freshman named Paul Flores walked along with her residence from the celebration. She was headed to her dormitory after leaving an off-campus celebration.
An absence of communication with the Smart household led to the misplacement of their teen on May 28, 1996. Under the supervision of San Luis Obispo County District Attorney investigators, Cal Poly Police carried out a preliminary investigation into her disappearance.
After virtually a month had handed, the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office was tasked with lead investigator obligations in the case. Since then, an lively investigation has continued.
The minute Ian Parkinson turned sheriff on Jan. 3, 2011, he introduced his intentions to search out Smart and maintain her disappearer accountable.
Investigators have been capable of get hold of extra proof that turned out there to substantiate Paul Flores was certainly a suspect in Smart’s disappearance.
An extra witness in the case was interviewed by detectives in 2019. Detectives secured a court docket order authorizing them to intercept and monitor Paul Flores cellphone and textual content messaging communications after new proof was found and a brand new witness.
Paul Flores, his sister, mom and father have been served search warrants in February 2020, as have been detectives at the residence of the Flores household. A search warrant was served on Paul Flores’ residence in April of 2020 when bodily proof was recovered throughout these searches.
The Arroyo Grande residence of Paul Flores’ father Ruben Flores was searched by detectives in March 2021. Further proof was uncovered throughout the seek for Smart that appears to hyperlink his dying to his dying.
Investigative items interviewed 137 suspects, served 41 search warrants, and gathered 143 gadgets since Parkinson took workplace in 2011.
He is in the San Luis Obispo County Jail with out bail for the murder of Smart. On April 13, detectives arrested Paul Flores.
In addition to arresting Paul Flores’ father Ruben Flores, investigators searched and located a notice about $250,000 bail for Ruben Flores.