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A third K-9 handler testified in court Tuesday about the alerts his cadaver dog gave on the morning of June 29, 1996 during a search of Cal Poly’s Santa Lucia Hall dorm, where investigators attempted to locate evidence indicating the whereabouts of 19-year-old student Kristin Smart, who went missing a month earlier.
A former girlfriend of Paul Flores on Tuesday described the experience she had with him years ago when she walked out the backdoor of Ruben Flores’ White Court residence in Arroyo Grande and into the backyard, where a patch of avocado trees was located.
A San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office detective investigating the disappearance of Kristin Smart testified Monday that it was the initial 1996 interviews with Paul Flores and statements made by his mother, including in wiretaps more than 20 years later, that elevated him from "person of interest" to "suspect" in the case.
After Margarita Campos and some friends contacted the Cal Poly Police Department on May 25, 1996 to report Kristin Smart missing, Campos remembered the flurry of information given to the responding officer during the group interview.