Real Name: Kristin Smart
Location: San Luis Obispo, California
Date: May 25, 1996
Date of Birth: February 20, 1977
Weight: 145 lbs.
Marital Status: Unrevealed
Details: Kristin Smart was a freshman student at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo University (Cal Poly SLO) when she vanished.
At 8:30 p.m. on Friday, May 24th, 1996, Smart and her three female friends left the Cal Poly dorms in search of an off-campus party to attend that Memorial Day weekend. Smart noticed a male friend drive by in a pickup truck and then flagged him down to drive her and her friends around. Smart, her three female friends, and the male driver friend drove around the area for awhile in search of a party but did not find any they were interested in. At around 11 p.m. Smart remembered that she'd heard of a birthday party at fraternity row just off campus; she suggested the group head to the party at 135 Crandall Way. Smart's three female friends weren't interested in that party, but Smart was, so they decided to drop her off a few blocks from the party house; Smart's three female friends then headed back to campus with the male driver friend. One of the three female friends, Margarita Campos, mentioned that Smart seemed disappointed that her friends didn't want to go to the party, but then stated that Smart assured them that she would be fine and safe on her own at the party since she likely knew many students there.
At around 2 a.m. on May 25th, 1996 the birthday party ended and party-goers dispersed, Kristin Smart included. Smart was apparently so drunk that she passed out on the neighbor's front yard. Cheryl Anderson and Tim Davis had just left the party and noticed Kristin passed out on the neighbor's lawn, so they helped her to her feet. The three walked back to the campus and were soon approached by a fellow student and party-goer named Paul Flores. Flores offered to help the group walk Kristin back to the campus and even allowed her to lean on him for support since she was still tipsy. Tim Davis said goodnight to the group and let Cheryl Anderson, Kristin Smart and Paul Flores head back to the dorms together.
Eventually, the trio arrived near the dorms. Anderson lived further down the block from Smart, so she asked if Flores wanted to see Kristin safely to her room. Flores agreed to walk Smart to her room and said goodbye to Anderson. It is unknown what happened to Smart after Flores walked her back to her dorm room. Many suspected foul play on behalf of Paul Flores.
Kristin Smart has been missing since the early morning hours of May 25th, 1996. Fellow student and party-goer Paul Flores was the last person to see her and is the prime suspect in this still-open case.
Suspects: Many individuals believe Paul Flores may have been involved in her disappearance since he was the last person to see her alive. It has also been noted that Scott Peterson, the man who murdered his pregnant wife, Laci, attended Cal-Poly around the time of Kristin's disappearance. Peterson denies involvement in the Kristin Smart case.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the September 20, 1996 episode.
Results: Unresolved. On June 2, 2014 and again on August 1, 2014, a well-known, respected cadaver dog named Buster was allowed to search the backyard next to Paul Flores' family's house for possible human remains. The dog wasn't allowed into the Flores' backyard, just the neighbors, but despite the fact that he was in the neighbor's backyard, he alerted police to the fence that separated the Flores home from the neighbor's home; It possibly indicated that human remains could have been buried just over the fence in the Flores' backyard at some point or were still there. A soil sample was taken and came back with evidence there might be human remains on the Flores property, most likely those of Kristin Smart. Officer Parkinson of the San Luis Obispo police discredited and doubted the cadaver dog's sniffing abilities despite the fact that Buster the dog had discovered over 200 graves that contained human remains during his time as a police cadaver dog over the years.
The investigation is ongoing and Kristin Smart's case remains open.
- Kristin Smart on Unsolved.com
- California Register update
- Kristen Smart on the California Register
- KSBY Investigates Kristin Smart Disappearance.
- Find Kristin Smart.com