Authorities haven’t discovered Smart’s physique, Parkinson mentioned, however they’ve come throughout forensic bodily proof that they “believe it is linked to Kristin.”
The sheriff talked to the household twice Tuesday, he mentioned.
“I think they are feeling a bit of relief, but as you can imagine until we return Kristin to them, this is not over,” he informed reporters. “We have committed to them that we are not going to stop until Kristen has been recovered, no matter what the cause, no matter what the time, we’re committed to that.
“It is unimaginable to place into phrases what at the present time means for our household; we pray it’s the first step to bringing our daughter house,” the family said. “While Kristin’s loving spirit will all the time reside in our hearts, our life with out her hugs, laughs and smiles is a heartache that by no means abates.”
“We are happy that Kristin’s case has now moved to the district legal professional’s workplace, the place we all know we might be in good arms, and look ahead to the day when there might be ‘justice’ for Kristin,” they said.
The two suspects have been booked into the San Luis Obispo County Jail, according to online inmate records.
Paul Flores, 44, has been booked on a murder charge, the records show. No bail amount is listed. Ruben Flores, 80, has been booked on an accessory charge and is being held on $250,000 bail.
The pair are expected to be arraigned on Thursday, though the elder Flores is eligible for bail. NCS has reached out to attorneys for both men.
Last month, authorities searched Ruben Flores’ home in Arroyo Grande. Flores’ son, Paul, has remained the prime suspect in the decades-long missing persons case.
Smart disappeared on May 25, 1996. She was final seen close to her Cal Polytechnic San Luis Obispo dorm, police mentioned, after strolling house from a celebration. Smart was declared lifeless in 2002.
Last 12 months, investigators searched Paul Flores’ house, and mentioned they discovered “gadgets of curiosity” on the property.
At that time, Flores was detained at his San Pedro, California, home and released back to his home after the search, Tony Cipolla, a spokesperson for the sheriff’s office, said at the time.
Smart disappeared after she and other students walked home from a fraternity party.
She was last seen near her dorm, police said, but she never made it to her room. Friends and family never heard from her again, authorities said.
She did not have identification, money or extra clothing when she disappeared, police said.
A massive search and repeated interviews with a student who walked with her that night yielded no breaks, and Smart was declared dead in 2002.
Last year, the sheriff’s office said it was working the case and provided a list of its efforts since 2011, when the present administration took the helm, including: performing 18 searches at nine locations; submitting 37 pieces of evidence for DNA testing; recovering “140 new gadgets of proof”; and conducting 91 interviews.
NCS’s Stella Chan and Ray Sanchez contributed to this report.