Kristin Smart case: Former classmate arrested in 1996 disappearance of Cal Poly student

Paul Flores, a former classmate, has been arrested in connection with the murder and 1996 disappearance of California college student Kristin Smart, the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office announced Tuesday.

Smart, a 19-year-old freshman at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo disappeared in the early hours of May 25, 1996, following a party near school.

Flores, previously named the “prime suspect” in the case, was one of the last people to see her, authorities said.

PHOTO: Photo released by the FBI shows Kristin Smart, the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo student who disappeared in 1996. Smart was last seen in May 1996, while returning to her dorm after an off-campus party.

PHOTO: Pictured is Kristin Smart. She was a freshman at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, when disappeared in May 1996.

Flores’ father, Ruben Flores, was charged Tuesday as an accessory to the murder, San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Ian Parkinson said at a news conference.

A search warrant was executed last month at Ruben Flores’ home in Arroyo Grande, California, which is about 17 miles from Cal Poly.

PHOTO: In connection with the the Kristin Smart case, the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office is searching a property in Arroyo Grande belonging to prime suspect Paul Flores'father.

Her remains have not been found, Parkinson said.

“We are not going to stop until Kristin has been recovered,” he said.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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