Searchers for Kristin Smart find remains
September 10, 2016
FBI agents and San Luis Obispo County Sheriff deputies found remains during a three-day excavation looking for Cal Poly student Kristin Smart, who was last seen alive more than 20 years. Nevertheless, it may take months before officials know if the remains are human or related to Smart’s disappearance.
On Friday, the FBI finished evacuation efforts at three sites below the Cal Poly “P” selected after a strong tip led agents to bring trained dogs which alerted to the dig sites.
On May 25, 1996, several people found Smart passed out on a lawn next to an off-campus party, one of whom allegedly walked her home. The 19-year-old was last seen in the company of fellow student Paul Flores who claims he escorted Smart to her dorm, which was relatively empty due to Memorial Day weekend. Flores remains a party of interest.
While at first campus police discounted reports of her disappearance, later intensive searches were conducted to no avail. Smart was presumed dead.
On Wednesday, Stan and Denise Smart, Kristin’s parents, released a statement saying they are cautiously optimistic.
“We are encouraged and hopeful for the new developments in Kristin’s case. We have been hoping, praying and waiting for the last 20 years for the return of our daughter,” the statement said. “While the road has been difficult beyond words, our hopes were rekindled when Sheriff Parkinson took office.”