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Former classmate arrested 1996 Student Kristin Smart disappears

Almost 25 years after 19-year-old college student Kristin Smart disappeared when she returned to her dormitory, a former classmate, Paul Flores, 44, was charged with a murder related to her disappearance. Flores’ father, Ruben Ricardo Flores, 80, was also arrested Tuesday and charged with helping his son dispose of the remains of Smart. Smart, a freshman at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, disappeared after a party in May 1996. Witnesses said Paul Flores said he would make sure she made it back to her dormitory safely, but Smart was never seen again. Classmates described Flores as awkward and unpopular, reports the Los Angeles Times, and during questioning by authorities, he admitted to lying about how he got a black eye. Investigators used search dogs and radars to find Smart’s body, but her remains were never discovered. She was pronounced dead in 2002. San Luis Obispo County’s Sheriff Ian Parkinson told reporters Tuesday that there was new evidence in the case in 2016. In 2019, after hearing a podcast about the Smart case, witnesses came forward and were interviewed for the police for the first time by authorities. Search warrants were issued on the home of Flores, his father, mother and sister, and a second search of Flores’ home found physical evidence “linked to the murder of Kristin Smart,” Parkinson said. A lawyer for Paul Flores declined to comment, while a lawyer for Ruben Flores told the Times that his client was “absolutely innocent”. Parkinson said police will continue to search for Smart’s remains, and in a statement her family said they hope the arrests of Paul and Ruben Flores “will be the first step in getting our daughter home”. The girl at the center of the Matt Gaetz investigation also reportedly went on his investigated trip to the Bahamas. Trump eventually jumps on the list of HaiLate night hosts more dangerous than Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine, including COVID-19

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