Paul Flores gets Googled
August 22, 2011
Meet Paul Flores, the former Cal Poly student who is the last known person to see Kristin Smart alive the night she disappeared from campus in May 1996.
The undated photograph, posted on Facebook by Smart family friend Dennis Mahon, shows Flores standing outside of his Los Angeles home.
“This came off of Google Street Maps of all things,” Mahon wrote in the accompanying post. “He just happened to be out front when Google came driving by.”
Flores, who dropped out of Cal Poly after Smart’s disappearance, was the initial focus of a police investigation. According to a 2006 newspaper account, “Like the police, the Smarts believe Flores knows details about what happened to Kristin. But he’s not talking. Other than making a few initial statements to police when Kristin disappeared, over the past 10 years, Flores has refused to talk to investigators. He has never denied any involvement in Kristin’s disappearance.
Smart’s parents, Denise and Stan Smart of Stockton, took a civil case of wrongful death against Flores in 2005, but dropped it after Flores pleaded the fifth amendment in court.
Flores has been arrested for DUI three times since 1997 and was sentenced to 240 days in jail for violating his probation after the last DUI.
Kristin Smart was declared legally dead in 2002. Her disappearance remains an active case with the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s department.