Paul Flores was charged with murder in connection with Kristin Smart’s 1996 disappearance


UPDATE (11 a.m.) – Paul Flores and his father, Ruben, have been charged with the 1996 disappearance of Cal Poly student Kristin Smart.

Paul faces a single-order murder and his father has been charged with additional charges of murder, Dan Dow, San Luis Obispo County attorney, announced Wednesday.

Dow said Paul allegedly caused Kristin’s death in a rape or attempted rape.

Ruben is charged with an accessory after claiming to have helped hide Kristin’s body after the murder.

Both are expected to be practically brought to justice on Thursday.

“These allegations are a significant milestone,” Dow said at a news conference. “For more than two decades, three sheriffs, three district attorneys and countless investigators have been working to bring justice to Kristin Smart.”

The sheriff’s office on Wednesday told KSBY that additional evidence had been discovered during a house search on Paul and Ruben’s home on Tuesday and Wednesday. They did not detail what the objects were.

The search at Ruben’s home was late Wednesday morning.

To learn more about this story, stay on KSBY.com and check out KSBY News at 5, 6, 10 and 11 p.m.


Original Story: Dan Dow, San Luis Obispo County Attorney’s Attorney, holds a press conference on the recent arrest of Paul Flores and his father, Ruben, and a proposal to prosecute the sheriff’s office.

The two were arrested on Tuesday in a separate home in connection with the disappearance of 19-year-old Cal Poly freshman Kristin Smart, who was last seen on May 25, 1996 at the university.

Paul, 44, is being held without bail on suspicion of murder. Ruben, 88, is being held in addition to the murder. His bail is set at $ 250,000.

Following their arrest, Ian Parkinson, San Luis Obispo County Sheriff, said the case was referred to the district attorney’s office for review.

The Dow is expected to announce the announcement decision on Wednesday ahead of court appearances scheduled for Thursday.

The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office returned to Ruben’s home, the White Court in Arroyo Grande, on Wednesday morning, where the crew had dug and dismantled the aft deck area the day before as part of a house search order.

Sheriff Ian Parkinson said Tuesday that although Kristin’s remains have not been found, he believes they are closer than ever to finding him.

He would have been 44 last February.

The press conference will be available at 11 p.m. on KSBY and KSBY.com.

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