Was Kristin Smart’s body buried at Susan Flores’ Arroyo Grande home?

June 30, 2023

Kristin Smart


Cutting-edge technology has led three experts in forensics to assert that at some point Kristin Smart’s body was buried in the backyard of Susan Flores’ home in Arroyo Grande.

Paul Flores, Susan Flores’ son, murdered Smart during an attempted rape in 1996 following a Cal Poly frat party. After the party, Flores helped escort Smart, who was found passed out on a lawn outside the party, back to her dorm room. She was never seen again.

Paul Flores was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison in March. He has since appealed his conviction.

Deputy arresting Paul Flores

In April, environmental engineer Timothy Nelligan, retired FBI forensic scientist Brian Eckenrode and environmental scientist Steve Hoyt extracted soil from a home next to Susan Flores’ yard, to perform soil vapor sampling. Their testing detected human remains had been buried behind the home.

Even so, their technology is experimental and has never been used in criminal court.

During Paul Flores’ trial, prosecutors provided evidence a body had been buried under Ruben Flores’ home (Paul Flores’ father), and later moved. Law enforcement has voiced concerns that attempts to obtain a subpoena to dig in Susan Flores’ yard could be used to challenge the murder conviction.

During a 2020 raid of Paul Flores’ San Pedro home, deputies discovered multiple rape videos with titles including, “Drugged and raped while passed out” and “Blonde high school girl in skirt gets raped.” Investigators also found two bottles of date rape drugs in the home, prosecutors said.

In a file labeled “practice,” Paul Flores stored homemade rape videos of himself having sex and sodomizing women.

Prosecutors claimed in bail documents that Paul Flores was believed to be a serial rapist.

“Dozens of women have recounted Paul Flores’ sexual assaults and predatory behavior that document his twenty-five years as a serial rapist,” Deputy District Attorney Christopher Peuvrelle wrote in the document.

In 2020 and 2021, CalCoastNews reporters conducted multiple interviews with Paul Flores’ neighbors in San Pedro.

Neighbors, who asked not to be identified in news articles, were suspicious when Paul Flores, who had left his backyard overgrown with weeds for years, began removing the brush in 2019 or 2020.

He dug a large hole in a rear corner of his backyard after that, his neighbors said.

Shortly before midnight several weeks later, one of the neighbors saw Paul Flores take something wrapped in a black blanket from the trunk of his car. The neighbor watched as he carried the object to his backyard and put it in the hole. He covered the hole with plywood.

The next day, the neighbor asked Paul Flores what he had put in the hole. He said it was his dead dog, the neighbor recalled. But the neighbors said he did not have a dog.

After that, Paul Flores built a roughly 10-by-15-foot wood frame around the hole and placed rebar, metal reinforcing bars, inside.

He rented a concrete truck and filled the frame. Once the concrete set, Paul Flores laid red bricks over the concrete. He was working to add a second layer of bricks when he was arrested on April 13, 2021.

The second layer of bricks partially finished in Paul Flores’ backyard

“It was weird to me,” a neighbor who asked not to be identified, said. “You don’t put bricks over bricks.”

Shortly after Paul Flores buried the object in his back yard, he acquired two mixed pit bulls, a female named Lucy and her pup which later died. Flores then brought home another dog, a pit bull, which neighbors described as vicious.

SLO County Sheriff Ian Parkinson said he will continue to pursue the case until Smart’s body is recovered and returned to her parents.


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So how many times did they bury and dig this poor girl up?… Where is she now?… this is getting ridiculous if there was a body buried in any backyard the dogs would have alerted back when they first conducted their search…

Her body was obviously put in a dumpster and the police waited too long to find it at the landfill. Rubin was found not guilty, they didn’t have anything to do with it.

OJ was also found not guilty, do you also think he didn’t have anything to do with his wife’s death? Our criminal justice system is set up by our founding fathers with the premise that it’s better than 100 guilty people go free than one innocent person suffers, so yes there will be plenty of times when someone is found not guilty when they still did the crime.

Will we ever let this poor young lady rest in peace? Or will questions, hearsay and innuendo continue? I thought once Flores went away, it would be the end. I was wrong but I don’t think Flores or his family will give up the secret. Sociopaths usually stick to their stories to the bitter end.


Paul Flores is now a convicted murderer, and we can all applaud the efforts of Sheriff Ian Parkinson and District Attorney Dan Dow, two public servants who steadfastly pursued criminal charges against the Flores family.

If the body is/was ever n Susan Flores’s yard, she can be charged as an accomplice to the murder of Kristen Smart and, if Ruben Flores lied in his recent criminal trial, he can be accused of felony perjury.

Te arc of the universe is long, but it bends towards justice. Let’s all hope and pray that the Flores’s are given no peace until the Smart family can bury their murdered daughter.

Please support tough-on-crime leaders and let’s stop the crime epidemic in California.

Yes, we should all applaud that Paul Flores was finally convicted, but we should not overlook the bumbling and ineptitude of the public servants in this case. Evidence was presented in court that mere days AFTER law enforcement searched Ruben Flores’s residence in Feb 2020, Ruben Flores, Susan Flores, and Mike McConville were able to dig up and move Kristen’s body from under his deck to some unknown location right under the noses of law enforcement and the intense media scrutiny in this case.

The question we should all be asking is how could no one at the Sheriff or DA’s office think to keep Ruben and his property under surveillance after the initial search until they could come back with a warrant to dig under the deck?? They could have caught Ruben in the act AND recovered Kristen’s body, and thrown all four of these criminal dirt bags behind bars, instead of just one! This happened on Parkinson’s and Dow’s watch, so sorry I’m not going to be patting them on the back for such a huge unforgivable mistake in a series of over two decades of law enforcement mistakes.

If it wasn’t for incompetence starting with Cal Poly PD victim blaming, not interrogating Paul properly, and letting his dorm get deep cleaned before searching it, Paul might have been convicted in 1996 and not continued his sick perverted assaults on women for over 20 years.

Can’t wait to see what happens when Paul has had enough of his complicit father, Ruben, not joining him behind bars. No other way Kristen’s body could be moved by this sick little perverted peewee from his room… to somewhere else. Her remains will be found, and Paul and Ruben will burn in hell. Kudos to Nelligan, Eckenrode and Hoyt for bringing this investigation into the 21st century.