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Paul Flores and Ruben Flores were arrested Tuesday morning in connection with Kristin Smart’s disappearance, the California college student who vanished in 1996, San Luis Obispo (SLO) County Sheriff Ian Parkinson said at a news conference.
Authorities have not found Smart’s body, Parkinson said, but they have come across physical forensic evidence that they “believe it is linked to Kristin.”
He is 44 years old.
Kristin Smart Disappearance
Ms. Smart was an American woman who is thought to have been abducted and killed at the end of her freshman year of college, May 25, 1996, at California Polytechnic State University.
Three fellow students escorted Smart back to her hall of residence after an off-campus party. Her death is an actively investigated missing person case.
Paul Flores Arrested
According to online inmate records, the two suspects have been booked into the San Luis Obispo County Jail.
Paul Flores, 44, has been booked on a murder charge, the records show. No bail amount is listed. Ruben Flores, 80, has been booked on an accessory charge and is being held on $250,000 bail.
The pair is expected to be arraigned on Thursday, though the elder Flores is eligible for bail. CNN has reached out to attorneys for both men.
Reached earlier by phone, Robert Sanger, an attorney representing Paul Flores, said he would not comment on “pending cases.”
District Attorney Dan Dow said his office is looking at the case.
“We are carefully reviewing the evidence and will provide more information as it becomes available,” Dow said in a statement.
Sheriff Parkinson said the search warrants are sealed, so he can not discuss what evidence was found; however, he told investigators have not yet recovered Kristin’s remains. He spoke to the Smart family on Tuesday, saying, “I think they’re feeling a bit of relief, but as you can imagine, until we return Kristin to them, this is not over.”
The Sheriff said he believes they are closer to finding Kristin, and investigators will continue to focus on locating her remains.
The case has been turned over to the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office. Paul Flores is expected in court for arraignment on Thursday, April 15th. He is being held without bail. Ruben Flores is being held with bail set at $250,000.