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SLO County Sheriff talks on local radio show about Smart case developments

SLO County Sheriff Ian Parkinson
Posted at 8:33 AM, Apr 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-23 11:33:12-04

San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Ian Parkinson is speaking out about a new search warrant served this week as part of the investigation into Kristin Smart's 1996 disappearance.

Sheriff Parkinson spoke with radio host Adam Montiel on Coast 104.5 Thursday morning about new developments in the Kristin Smart case.

"It's nice to be moving forward with investigative leads and information," Parkinson told Montiel.

Wednesday morning, SLO County Sheriff's investigators coordinated with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department to serve another search warrant at the San Pedro home of Paul Flores.

Another search warrant served in connection with Kristin Smart disappearance

Smart was last seen returning to the Cal Poly campus after attending a party in San Luis Obispo in May 1996.

While her body has never been found, Kristin was declared legally dead in 2002.

Back in February, investigators, including the FBI, searched Flores’ home along with his mother and father’s homes in Arroyo Grande and another location in Washington state.

A podcast detailing the case has led many listeners to believe Flores should be convicted for Smart's disappearance.

The sheriff offered up few details about this week's developments in the case.

"We don't want to jeopardize the case at this point," Parkinson said. "It's not what you believe, it's what you can prove."

Montiel asked Parkinson what kind of physical evidence would still be valuable 24 years later.

"I'll say this, evidence comes in all forms and so when we get a search warrant and when we have the D.A. and judge sign off on it, the search warrant has to be current, relevant and the warrant has be searching for specific things," Parkinson said.

Officials say the current search warrant is sealed by the court therefore, the Sheriff's Office cannot release any further details about the items sought or recovered Wednesday.

The Sheriff's Office has denied KSBY's repeated requests for an interview about the latest developments in the Kristin Smart case.