Sheriff Parkinson said during the press conference on Tuesday that law enforcement found physical evidence at two homes.
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. His father, Ruben Flores, 80, was arrested at his Arroyo Grande home - about 15 miles (24 kilometers) south of the university - where sheriff's investigators conducted a new search for evidence.
Sheriff deputies search the San Pedro home of a suspect Paul Flores in the case of missing student Kristin Smart in February, 2020.
Ruben Flore is arrested for accessory after the fact by the San Luis Obispo Sheriff's Department in the murder of Kristin Smart. With the discovery of new evidence and a new witness, detectives secured a court order authorizing the interception and monitoring of Paul Flores' cell phone and text message communications.
A spokesman for the Smart family said "this is an extremely emotional day" and they would issue a statement later in the afternoon.
Smart, 19, of Stockton, was last seen May 25, 1996, while returning to her dorm at California Polytechnic State University campus in San Luis Obispo after an off-campus party. "The knowledge that a father and son, despite our desperate pleas for help, could have withheld this disgusting secret for almost 25 years, denying us the chance to lay our daughter to rest, is an unrelenting and unforgiving pain". He said evidence was found linked to the killing of Smart but they had not yet located her body.
"They keep trying to find the answers with us and they keep failing because the answers are not here", Susan Flores said.
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Investigators have searched the Flores home.
Sheriff Parkinson said Kristin's body has yet to be found, but investigators will now pivot the investigation to search for remains.
Search warrants were served previous year on Flores' home in the San Pedro area of Los Angeles and at other locations in California and Washington state.
"It's my hope that we're able to take the first step toward justice for the Smart family", Parkinson stated. "While Kristin's loving spirit will always live in our hearts, our life without her hugs, laughs and smiles is a heartache that never abates". Parkinson credited the podcast "Your Own Backyard" with helping to bring forth a new witness.
Delays in the investigation of the Smart case prompted California lawmakers to pass legislation requiring colleges and universities to share information more quickly about missing students with off-campus police.
They served over 40 search warrants at 16 locations over the years and so much evidence was compiled that it would fill three terabytes on a computer hard drive, he said. They appeared to be disassembling a deck outside the home and the sound of power saws and drills could be heard whining in the background. She spoke with the KSBY news station a day after investigators came to her home with another search warrant and carried off her beloved Volkswagen.