Inside the 25-year hunt for answers to Kristin Smart’s disappearance


But even when the initial frenzy died down, the investigation was revisited frequently over the years. Amateur sleuths have also taken to the case, with chat rooms and message boards giving way to social media and Reddit threads. The most notable deep dive of recent times came courtesy of the musician Chris LambertPodcast 2019-2020 by Your own gardenseemingly a nod to both the crime’s proximity to where he grew up and the authorities’ suspicion that Paul had buried Kristin near his home.

The result, however, was still the same frustrating stalemate, that Kristin’s killer was out there and it was no secret as to who the police suspected, but there were no arrests or charges.

“Due to inconsistencies in his activities or claimed activities during this period, we believe he has more information about what happened and is suspected in his disappearance,” said the sergeant. Bill Wammock of the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department told the Examinerreferring to Paul Flores, in 1998. “It’s been a frustrating case for us, for the parents, for the press, because we don’t have an answer to what happened here.”

Kristin was officially declared dead in 2002. In 2006, the sheriff’s spokesperson, Sgt. Brian Hascall called Paul an “active suspect” and the investigation “open and active”.

Talk to Los Angeles Time in 2006, 10 years after Kristin’s disappearance, Stan said: “Nothing has really changed. I mean, I still have a lot of anger about the situation. And my wife is a little emotionally upset at times. And that hasn’t changed. We haven’t really resolved the issues of where our daughter is and what happened to her.


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