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Find Kristin Smart group floats idea of buying house next to Flores family home

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Posted at 10:08 PM, Aug 06, 2020

*This article has been edited to correct the size of the home. The original article stated the home was 5,000 square feet, which is the size of the lot.

A Central Coast house for sale has people talking about the Kristin Smart case once again.

The home at 531 East Branch St. went up for sale Wednesday and already, many in the community have been vocal on the idea to make a purchase due to its relation to the house next door.

The three bed, three bath, 2,032 square-foot house sits next to the home of Susan Flores, who is the mother of Paul Flores, a key person of interest in Smart’s disappearance.

The Cal Poly freshman disappeared from Cal Poly in 1996 after returning to the dorms from an off-campus party.

Paul Flores was one of the last people to be seen with her.

Now, some people in the “Find Kristin Smart” Facebook group are talking about buying the house next door to Flores’ mother.

Sandee Hunt-Burns, moderator for the “Find Kristin Smart” Facebook group, said, "A village of people, who've most likely never met Kristin, would step up and even be willing to purchase a $700,000 house just to make a statement of how much people care after all this time."

She says there isn't a real plan yet for how a purchase like this might happen, but she says that shouldn't discredit the movement.

“All the things that have helped move Kristin's story forward have started with a crazy idea,” Burns told KSBY News.

The backyard of the Flores’ home has been searched in the past, though many people believe those searches were not extensive enough and that evidence in Smart's case could be buried there.

In February of this year, investigators served a search warrant at Susan Flores' house, but have not revealed what, if anything, was found.

Paul Flores' home in San Pedro was also searched in February and again in April.

Investigators have been tight-lipped about the focus of those searches.

Flores has never been named a suspect in the case.

A spokesperson for the Smart family on Thursday said they were aware of the Facebook post about the Arroyo Grande home being for sale but did not have a comment.

The listing agent also declined to comment at this time.