Suspect and his father arrested 25 years after California university student disappeared

Smart 19 of Stockton California vanished in May 1996 while returning to a dorm at Cali

Smart 19 of Stockton California vanished in May 1996 while returning to a dorm at Cali

In 1996, Smart was a 19-year-old freshman at Cal Poly.

Investigators have long pursued the theory that Paul Flores killed Smart but that he alone could not have disposed of her remains.

But despite numerous investigations, searches and legal procedures, there has not be an arrest in the case.

Flores was arrested in San Pedro, according to the log. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, that student said he left Smart a block from her Muir Hall dorm, and he returned to his building. She was headed to her dorm room after leaving an off-campus party. Her friends did not want to go to the party, so they dropped Smart off a couple of blocks away.

"The knowledge that a father and son, despite our desperate pleas for help, could have withheld this awful secret for almost 25 years, denying us the chance to lay our daughter to rest, is an unrelenting and unforgiving pain", the family said. He roused her. She was in no condition to walk home alone.

Paul's father, Ruben Flores, was also taken into custody at around the same time at his home in Arroyo Grande, California. "It is impossible to put into words what this day means for our family; we pray it is the first step to bringing our daughter home", Kristin Smart's family said in a statement.

The case was originally handled by Cal Poly police and the district attorney's office.

In one videotaped interview, as investigators stressed that Smart had last been seen with him, Flores "pulled his arms into his T-shirt, scrunched over at the waist in his chair and lifted his feet off the floor, as if moving toward a fetal position", The Times reported in 2006, citing people familiar with the tape.

Paul has remained silent through the years, invoking his Fifth Amendment right to not answer questions before a grand jury and in a deposition for a lawsuit that was brought against him.

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Smart's remains still have not been found, Parkinson said.

The Smart family released a preliminary statement on Tuesday.

"Our Cal Poly and Central Coast communities have watched the case of Kristen Smart's disappearance closely and hoped for justice for Kristin and resolution for the family for years", Armstrong said.

"For over twenty-four years, we have waited for this bittersweet day".

"You live because you can't give up", Denise Smart told the Stockton Record in 2008.

A spokesman for the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Department could not be reached by Reuters for comment. And in 2018, several witnesses who had not previously been interviewed were found, the sheriff said, crediting a podcast for encouraging them to come forward.

Investigators appeared to be disassembling a deck outside the home of Ruben Flores.

As San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office investigators searched the Arroyo Grande home of Ruben Flores on Tuesday, people gathered outside to take in the spectacle - some seated in cars and others walking by and livestreaming video of the scene. In the past, Flores denied any wrongdoing.

On Tuesday, SLO County Sheriff Ian Parkinson announced longtime suspect Paul Flores was arrested on murder charges.

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