LOS ANGELES (TCD) — A California man considered a prime suspect in the case of missing college student Kristin Smart has been arrested in San Luis Obispo County, authorities announced Tuesday. San Pedro resident Paul Flores was taken into custody by San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s deputies Tuesday morning, according to the Los Angeles Times. Flores’s father was also arrested. Charges were not immediately announced. The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office said a news conference would be held Tuesday afternoon to provide updates in the case.
Sheriff Ian Parkinson will be discussing major developments in the investigation into the disappearance of Kristin Smart. pic.twitter.com/pNak3BCLJq
Flores was reportedly the last person seen with 19-year-old Kristin Smart when they were both college students at California Polytechnic State University in 1996. Flores and Smart were reportedly seen together walking toward dormitories after an off-campus party. A search warrant was served at Flores’s home in San Pedro in February 2020, and again in April 2020. Authorities searched three other locations in California and Washington in 2020, according to the sheriff’s office. Kristin Smart, who was declared dead in 2002, has not been found. MORE: