Paul Flores detained in disappearance of Kristin Smart

February 5, 2020

Paul Flores outside his San Pedro home


As part of the Kristin Smart case, San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s deputies and FBI agents served search warrants at four separate locations Wednesday morning, including the Southern California home of Paul Flores and the Arroyo Grande home of Flores’s mother.

Paul Flores, 43, was the last person seen in the company of Smart when she disappeared in 1996. Flores has long been a person of interest in the case, but he has never been charged.

Local media are reporting investigators searched Flores’s San Pedro home and apparently detained him for about two hours. Authorities reportedly handcuffed Flores, held him in a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s squad car, questioned him and released him after he signed some paperwork, CBS LA reports.

Investigators also reportedly searched several cars parked on the street outside Flores’ home.

Flores then reportedly ran back into the house without answering questions from reporters outside.

Investigators served search warrants at about 7 a.m. at three separate locations in California and one in Washington state, according to the SLO County Sheriff’s Office. The third California location is an unidentified property in SLO County.

Sheriff’s officials say investigators searched for specific items of evidence Wednesday morning. The search warrants were limited in scope and sealed by a court, so authorities cannot reveal addition details about them, according to the sheriff’s office.

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 who claims he escorted Smart to her dorm, which was relatively empty over the Memorial Day weekend.

Last month, Denise Smart, the mother of Kristin Smart, said authorities were planning on announcing a development in the case that could bring closure to her family.

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I can not imagine what Kristin’s parents have gone through over all these years.

I pray that they will find her remains. The family can bring her home, and provide their beloved daughter the respectful burial that she deserves.

What has taken so long?

If you haven’t already come across it, check out “Your Own Backyard” podcast by local Chris Lambert. It covers many questions that have come up over the past 24 years.–year-old-disappearance/article_ad673767-09ea-5978-b530-6f2ae9258449.html

If only they could use him for a remote viewing episode so that evidence could be located for the needed closure.