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Searches for Kristin Smart spanned from Cal Poly to Paul Flores’ home

New developments in the Kristin Smart case lead investigators to Cal Poly hillside

The remains or evidence relating to the disappearance of Kristin Smart, the Cal Poly freshman who went missing over Memorial Day weekend in 1996, may be buried on the hillside near the university’s “P” landmark, the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’
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The remains or evidence relating to the disappearance of Kristin Smart, the Cal Poly freshman who went missing over Memorial Day weekend in 1996, may be buried on the hillside near the university’s “P” landmark, the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’

Over the past 20 years, investigators have conducted other searches for remains or more clues about Kristin Smart’s disappearance. The Cal Poly freshman, who was 19 at the time, was last seen May 25, 1996.

▪ June 29-30, 1996: Nearly 400 volunteers turned out for a massive campus search. Dogs trained to search for human remains were brought in, and four dogs independently reacted to Paul Flores’ dorm room at Santa Lucia Hall. The dogs went immediately to a mattress in the room and showed interest in a wastebasket that was left in the room. Flores and his roommate had moved out of the room before campus investigators secured it June 10, 1996.

A two-day search was also conducted at Cold Canyon Landfill, where investigators dug through 18 feet of refuse in an approximately 100-square-foot area.

▪ July 1996: A search of the Flores home in Arroyo Grande didn’t yield any clues to Smart’s whereabouts.

▪ Nov. 1, 1996: Sheriff’s detectives searched a “confined” area in Huasna, assisted by dogs specially trained to detect human remains, but the search failed to turn up any new leads.

▪ March 3, 1997: Authorities searched the Arroyo Grande property belonging to Flores’ parents at the request of attorney James Murphy, who represents Smart’s parents, Stan and Denise Smart. Murphy was assisted by the Sheriff’s Office and dogs trained to detect the scent of human remains. Tenants who rented the house granted permission for the search. It did not turn up any new leads.

▪ May 7, 1999: Sheriff’s deputies, following up on leads the department had received, sifted through dirt under the Student Academic Services Building between Mountain Road and Santa Lucia Hall. No new evidence was found.

▪ June 19, 2000: Investigators searched for buried evidence at Flores’ mother’s Arroyo Grande home using ground-penetrating radar to get electromagnetic pictures of where objects might be buried. No remains or other evidence was found.

▪ May 22, 2007: A dig for Smart’s remains was conducted behind the Flores home. Sheriff’s officials were not involved; the dig was arranged by the Smart family’s attorney and the attorney for Susan Flores, who had filed a civil suit against the Smart family for emotional distress. No new evidence was found.

The remains or evidence relating to the disappearance of Kristin Smart, the Cal Poly freshman who went missing over Memorial Day weekend in 1996, may be buried on the hillside near the university’s “P” landmark, the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’

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