Paul Flores, a former classmate, has been arrested in connection with the murder and 1996 disappearance of California college student Kristin Smart, the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office announced. https://t.co/OUlI0TJcot— ABC News (@ABC) April 13, 2021
The 1996 disappearance of nineteen year old college student Kristin Smart was in the news today after longtime suspect and fellow student Paul Flores and his father were arrested for murder. Kristin went missing after a party near Cal Poly; Paul Flores was the last person she was seen with but has never been arrested for any alleged involvement in the crime until today.
During today's press conference, police directly credited Chris Lambert's popular eight-part podcast Your Own Backyard for new evidence coming about regarding Kristin's disappearance and presumed death. Police confirmed the podcast helped people who were at the party but who didn't realize they had information come forward.
Writing like furious but key takeaway is that physical and electronic evidence has been located, and the case was reinvigorated with at least one new witness uncovered through Chris Lambert’s #YourOwnBackyard— Matt Fountain (@MattFountain1) April 13, 2021
Susan Flores, mother of the suspect, accused Lambert of picking and choosing from deposition information related to the case, only reporting what he wanted. She also said his podcast has included false information, saying, “I can shoot a lot of holes into a lot of his lies.”
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