Remains found at Kristin Smart dig likely belong to animal
September 13, 2016
Authorities are currently analyzing remains recovered last week from a Cal Poly hillside to determine whether they are human or animal and whether they are related to the Kristin Smart case. Two sources who are familiar with the investigation, but are not authorized to discuss it, have told the LA Times the bones are most likely animal remains.
On Friday, the FBI finished evacuation efforts at three sites below the Cal Poly “P.” The site were selected after a “strong” tip led agents to bring trained dogs to the area, which alerted alerted investigators to the specific locations.
During a three-day excavation, investigators searched an area 90 feet in radius from each of the three locations. Officials used heavy equipment to pull dirt from the ground. Agents then turned over the dirt with rakes and shovels on a hard deck.
Smart, a native of Stockton, was nearing the end of her freshman year at Cal Poly when she vanished on May 25, 1996 after attending an off-campus party. The 19-year-old was last seen in the company of fellow student Paul Flores.
Flores claims he escorted Smart to her dorm, which was relatively empty because of the Memorial Day weekend. Flores, who is now believed to be living in Southern California, remains a suspect in the case.
Smart’s parents, Denise and Stan Smart of Stockton, filed a civil wrongful death case against Flores in 2005, but they dropped the case 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.
Officials previously said it may take months to determine the source of the remains that were discovered.