This is a three part story from an interview I did with Dennis Mahon and Denise Smart, Kristin’s mother back in 2011. Below you will see many updates as I have followed the story over the years. Go to “Original Story” farther down this page to begin reading the three part story.
Kristin Smart’s family is suing Ruben Flores for emotional damages in connection to the Cal Poly student’s disappearance.
The clarification came from a family spokesperson to the media.
A FBI spokesperson told the SF Chronicle that they were not aware of any announcements regarding the Kristin Smart on this open active case.
“Be ready,” the FBI reportedly told her. “This is really going to be something you don’t expect.”
Denise Smart also says she was advised to find a family spokesperson and potentially prepare to “get away for a while.” Smart told the Stockton Record she expected news “within a month.”
Back in 2016, the FBI joined the sheriff’s department and began excavating an area near the Cal Poly sign. In 2018, the FBI said evidence was found, but nothing has been released. Is it possible that the FBI is talking about the evidence they found during their excavating? Has test results come back that what they found is linked to Kristin?
This story is in three parts. The original story begins below with updates to the original story above that. Then continues with the other two parts with links at the bottom.
UPDATE 5/25/17 – As of May 2017 the sheriff’s department as released the following statement: “The Sheriff’s Office continues to assess and review the results of the search operation at Cal Poly and develop strategies for moving forward with the investigation. We ask that we all continue to support the Smart family and would encourage anybody with information related to the case to please share it through Crime Stoppers. This investigation remains active but there are no further updates at this time.”
UPDATE 9/6/16 – The FBI announced they will begin to excavate a site on the edge of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in hope of finding the remains of Kristin Smart. San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Ian Parkinson said that the site is one of several identified by specially trained dogs last January.
UPDATE: From the California Register: “On Friday, Aug 1, 2014, the day before assembling at the Huasna Ranch, Buster was taken to the backyard of 523 E. Branch St., which is next door to 529 E. Branch St. (Flores property). Before, Buster was not allowed to search in this particular yard because it was the middle of the night. We wanted to avoid disturbing the neighbors so only soil samples were extracted. This time it was broad daylight. Once Buster entered the backyard area, he wasted no time zeroing in on the scent of human remains. He ran to the block wall separating the Flores property from the Papich property, spun around and plopped down on the dirt behind the citrus tree. Buster had detected volatile compound gases rising up from the soil signifying there was a decaying human body nearby.”
The following story began as a way to inform my readers of the disappearance of Kristin Smart, but this story has so much more to it, that it could not be told in one article. I have separated it in to 3 parts. I want to thank Denise Smart, Kristin’s mother and Dennis Mahon for talking to me.