Suspect and his father arrested 25 years after California university student disappeared

Kristin Smart case: Paul Flores, prime suspect, arrested nearly 25 years after her disappearance, reports say

His father, Ruben Flores, 80, was arrested in the San Luis Obispo County town of Arroyo Grande on charges of being an accessory after the fact, the source said.

Although Flores had always been a suspect, Parkinson said no arrests had been made because law enforcement can't arrest someone based on "what we might believe, it has to be based on physical evidence".

As San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office investigators searched the Arroyo Grande home of Ruben Flores on Tuesday, people gathered outside to take in the spectacle - some seated in cars and others walking by and livestreaming video of the scene.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Paul Flores was the last person seen with Kristin Smart before she vanished from a college campus on California's scenic Central Coast almost 25 years ago and suspicion has followed him ever since.

Ruben was booked on suspicion of accessory after a felony, according to San Luis Obispo County jail records. Defense attorney Robert Sanger declined to comment, though he confirmed Flores was arrested. He reportedly "pulled his arms into his T-shirt, scrunched over at the waist in his chair and lifted his feet off the floor, as if moving toward a fetal position" and said, "If you are so smart, then tell me where the body is".

The FBI says that Smart, a student at California Polytechnic State University, was last seen at about 2 a.m. on May 25, 1996.

Even though maybe they've been tirelessly toiling in the background all these years, it seems like investigators only start trying again to solve the 25-year-old Kristin Smart murder case every five years.

She was seen with Paul, who was a student at the time. But for decades, despite multiple rounds of interrogations and searches using radar and cadaver dogs, Smart's body was never found.

NATO, US vow support for Ukraine, warn Russian Federation on troops
In parallel, the Russian Federation is conducting a propaganda campaign to justify possible aggression against Ukraine. Kuleba said Ukraine "does not want war" and is "devoted to diplomatic and political means of settling the conflict".

On May 25, 1996, Kristin Smart, a freshman at California Polytechnic State University, left an off-campus fraternity party near the school, which is located in San Luis Obispo. Parkinson said the podcast led investigators to a witness in 2019 who was not previously interviewed.

The Smart family released a preliminary statement on Tuesday.

On Tuesday, California authorities announced they had evidence to arrest and charge Flores, now 44, in Smart's death. That is, until Orcutt resident Chris Lambert launched his "Your Own Backyard" podcast examining the case and sparking new attention. New information helped detectives obtain a court order to monitor Paul Flores's cellphone.

A spokesman for the Smart family (pictured holding a photo of Kristin Smart) said "this is an extremely emotional day".

Standing on the campus near where Smart was last seen alive with Flores, Parkinson acknowledged missteps by law enforcement hampered the investigation.

Parkinson said over 40 search warrants had been executed at 16 locations over the years and so much evidence had been compiled that it would fill three terabytes on a computer hard drive.

Investigators are now digging under Rubin Flores' home in another attempt to find the teen's body.

Paul has remained silent through the years, invoking his Fifth Amendment right to not answer questions before a grand jury and in a deposition for a lawsuit that was brought against him.

Related News:



Most liked

United States plans to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan by September 11
Frank McKenzie, (center) is shown visiting Kabul, Afghanistan in January 2020. There were more than 100,000 at the war's peak in 2011. More than 3,000 USA soldiers remain in Afghanistan .

Schools moving to online learning after spring break
The province is now under a stay at home order first implemented on April 6 and is to be in effect for at least four weeks. Toronto and Peel closed their schools to in-person learning last week and said they will review that decision this week.

China’s action directed at Taiwan raising tensions: Antony Blinken
There have been calls for the U.S.to boycott the Olympics over the repression of Uyghur Muslims in China . It came just three days after the U.S. issued new guidelines that will deepen its ties with Taiwan .

Clark County reports 156 new COVID-19 cases, no deaths since Friday
Provincial Health Officer Doctor Bonnie Henry says B.C.'s total is now 112,829, with 9,937 active infections. This runs parallel to the pharmacy program offering the AstraZeneca vaccine to people aged 55 to 65.

3 children found fatally stabbed in Los Angeles apartment
Officers said they got a call to an apartment in the neighborhood of Reseda to discover the three victims all dead inside. He said she might have gone to Tulare County to look for him but that he was away from home at the time .

Indirect talks with Iran to resume in Vienna next week: U.S
Iran met with the deal's signatories in Vienna this week. "We saw some signs of it but certainly not enough". Still, he expressed Washington's openness to lift non-nuclear sanctions.

3,000-year-old lost Egyptian city discovered by archaeologists
City walls and even rooms filled with ovens, storage pottery, and utensils used in daily life are said to be present. However, within weeks they found mud brick formations that eventually turned out to be a well-preserved large city.

Joe Biden Signs Executive Order to Study Packing the Supreme Court
As the weak, the frail, the ever-struggling cognitively Joe Biden ordered a commission to study the effects of judicial reform. Editor's note: A previous version of this story erroneously said there were seven justices on the Supreme Court .

Volcano eruption in Caribbean prompts mass evacuation during popular vacation week
He said two Royal Caribbean cruise ships and two Carnival Cruise Line ones are expected to arrive on Friday. An explosive eruption of the La Soufriere volcano rocked the eastern Caribbean island of St.

Rep. Matt Gaetz associate working toward plea deal with prosecutors
Marc Mukasey and Isabelle Kirshner will lead the Florida Republican's legal team, a Gaetz spokesperson said in a statement Friday. The allegations have had Gaetz looking for any allies to come to his defense, including former President Donald Trump .

West Ham United mourn Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London , paid tribute to the duke's charitable work and extended his sympathies to the royal family.

Russian Federation to keep troops near Ukraine as long as it deems 'appropriate'
The leaders expressed concerns over the escalation of tensions in southeastern Ukraine. Kozak was asked if Russian Federation would protect its citizens in eastern Ukraine.

Executive to meet after night of violence in Belfast
While politicians from all sides condemned the clashes on Wednesday, Northern Ireland's main governing parties blamed one other. My Government has listened to and will continue to listen to and engage with the views of all communities in Northern Ireland .

Biden to announce executive actions on guns, name ATF nominee
Such programs have had a significant impact in reducing homicides where they've been tried, White House officials said . Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona after she was shot and severely wounded at a campaign event.

Province expected to announce four-week stay-at-home order
The province will provide additional resources to support these mobile and pop-up clinics in the hardest-hit neighbourhoods. Move would close all non-essential businesses to in-person shopping, restrict non-essential sections of big box stores.