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xx For Kristin Smart 2-20-06
« Reply #105 on: Feb 20th, 2006, 6:28pm »

Happy birthday to Kristin Smart. Hoping she can be found soon.

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« Reply #106 on: Apr 16th, 2006, 06:51am »

The man who offered $25,000 in February to anyone who finds the location of Kristen Smart’s body has upped the ante. Terry Black is now willing to pay $100,000. An ad making the announcement will appear next week. “I figure if there’s somebody out there who knows,” says Black, “$100,000 is going to motivate them.” Black, who owns an exclusive estate used as a private club and spa called Grand Island Mansion in the delta not far from Sacramento, says he doesn’t care how much money he spends. “My sole function in life is to retrieve the body for the Smart family.”

Black says he got some good leads from his initial ads, but tracking those down takes time, and he wants the case solved. Kristin Smart, a 19-year-old Cal Poly freshman, vanished in the early-morning hours of May 25, 1996, and hasn’t been seen since. Most people think she was a victim of foul play—either murdered or accidentally killed, and then buried.

Black says he’s hoping to attract the attention of the major news outlets and prime-time crime shows, and wants to get the word out by the end of this month, when Paul Flores, who has always been under suspicion, faces time in prison for his fourth drunk-driving arrest. Rumor has it, Black says, that some kind of plea bargain may be in the works in which Flores would trade a secret about Smart for a lighter sentence. Flores met Kristin at a party the night she disappeared and was the last person to see her alive, but police have never been able to prove a Flores link to her disappearance.

Smart’s disappearance is coming up on ten years, and on May 20, a “Hope and Awareness” run will take place in Arroyo Grande to raise funds for her memorial at the Dinosaur Caves in Shell Beach.


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« Reply #107 on: Apr 17th, 2006, 06:49am »

It will be 10 years, next month, since Kristin Smart vanished from Cal Poly's campus, yet no one has ever been charged with her disappearance.

Now a Sacramento man is hoping to get to the bottom of the questions that have been unanswered for the last decade.

Terry Black hopes that by running ads in several media outlets, offering a $100,000 reward, will put the pressure on those who know something to speak up.

Kristin Smart, a 19-year-old Cal Poly freshman was last seen May 24, 1996, while walking back to her dorm.

Black has never even met the Smart family, but he feels compelled to find answers so they can properly lay their daughter to rest.

While detectives say Kristin's case is still "active and open," Black believes the crime remains unsolved because of a cover-up.

He is working to get a full-page ad to appear in this Sunday's edition of "The Tribune" newspaper, and another full-pager in Thursday's edition of the "New Times."

Similar ads from a few weeks ago generated tips that were turned over to investigators.

These ads are targeting the few people with the information to unlock the mystery about what happened to Kristin.

"Everybody is dumbfounded that this case is still not solved, and what I'm attempting to do is draw national attention to that community, and get this case solved," says Black.

He says that "national attention" includes every television station and newspaper in the Country. And hopes the $100,000 reward will attract professional investigators who will work to crack the case.

Black says no arrest or conviction is necessary for the reward, just information that leads to the location of Kristin's body.

Kristin's family has organized the "Kristin Smart Memorial Run," which will be held on May 20 in Arroyo Grande. For information, log on to www.findkristinsmart.org, or www.active.com, or call (805) 481-3037.
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xx Run/Walk For Kristin 5-20-06
« Reply #108 on: Apr 27th, 2006, 7:20pm »

Sending this out for Kristin's family -

A Run/Walk for Kristin has been scheduled. As you all know, on May 25, 2006 she will be missing for 10 long years. Please see the following information.

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Yes, it's been ten years. As a tribute to Kristin and the community who remembers, there will be a FUN Run in Arroyo Grande (@10 miles south of SLO). IT is a four mile walk or a two mile walk along with 1K Kids race. Kristin's run for Hope and Awareness is Saturday, May 20th at 8:30 AM is the big day, mark your calendar.

The event is being sponsored by the largest Fitness Clubs in the area, Kennedy Fitness Clubs, Kinko's, Madonna Inn and another dozen or so businesses. They have a great day planned, with lots of raffle prizes, access to the fitness club, free pizza, a couple of bands, kids finger printing, DNA and Hair testing kits, safety demonstrations and so much more! They have been incredible.

We would LOVE LOVE LOVE to have you join us, particularly if you are in the area or just want to help us celebrate our wonderful memories of Kristin and thank the community for remembering.
One is Premier Inns (Super 8 ish) 888-339-6161, held under Denise Smart for @$70. a night or for a real treat the Madonna Inn in south SLO for $95. a night, 800-543-9666 under Kristin Smart Run.

IF you can't join us, but would like to contribute to either Kristin's Point of Hope or sponsor a runner, you can download information at www.findkristinsmart.org or register to participate at www.active.com. In any case keep Saturday, May 20th in your head and heart, just thinking of us hoofing it four miles, should bring a SMILE to your facesmiley

As always, thank you for your continued support, love and concern for our girl.

Stan, Denise, Matt and Lindsey
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xx Benefit run Saturday for Kristin Smart
« Reply #109 on: May 20th, 2006, 7:30pm »

By Cynthia Neff

A run/walk event will be held in Kristin Smart's honor on May 20, about five days before the anniversary of the former Cal Poly student's 1996 disappearance while walking home from a party in San Luis Obispo.

Proceeds will go toward an observation point at Dinosaur Caves Park in Shell Beach, which was dedicated as a memorial to the Smarts about three years ago.

The event includes a four-mile run and a two-mile walk, which will start at the New Hope Foursquare Church at 900 N. Oak Park Blvd. The cost is $25 on the day of the event. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. May 20; the event starts at 9:30 a.m.

Register at www.active.com, www.findkristinsmart.org, or call 481-2888 or 481-3937 for more information.

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« Reply #110 on: May 21st, 2006, 6:28pm »

We recognized Kristin Smart here in GA since we were unable to attend the run/walk that was held on Saturday, May 20th. A separate balloon was released for Brandy Hanna who vanished on May 20th one year ago.

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« Reply #111 on: May 21st, 2006, 8:59pm »

By Quintin Cushner/Senior Staff Writer

Ten years after Kristin Smart's disappearance, no one surrounding her case has felt anything near closure.

Not Smart's family, who remember her as a loving and persistent 19-year-old, excited to be attending college at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. They assume she is dead and buried somewhere, but cannot be certain.

Not Paul Flores, a 1995 graduate of Arroyo Grande High School, who was the last person to see the young woman alive and who remains under investigation in her disappearance. Flores is out on bail facing a fourth drunken-driving conviction and continued scrutiny for his actions the night Smart vanished.

Not detectives from the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Department, who still believe they can crack the case.

And not Dennis Mahon or Terry Black, two men working to keep the Kristin Smart case from fading. Mahon maintains a Web site and has written a book. Black is offering a $100,000 reward to anyone with information leading to Smart.

Each of these lives was altered early on May 25, 1996, after Flores walked with Smart and another student from an off-campus party onto campus.

Flores and Smart apparently met at the party, where both had been drinking. The third student broke off from Flores and Smart about 2:30 a.m.
Flores, then 19, told law enforcement he and Smart parted ways near his dorm, and that she returned to her Muir Hall dorm room alone.

Police say there's no proof Smart ever returned to her room. Her roommate reported her missing May 27. Smart's clothing, toiletries and identification were undisturbed.

Cal Poly police first interviewed Flores on May 28. He sported a black eye from what he claimed was a basketball mishap. A friend of Flores later told police the young man had arrived at the pick-up game bruised.

Campus police appear to have made a crucial mistake early in the investigation. Officers failed to secure Flores' room at Santa Lucia Hall until after he vacated the dorm for the term.

The Kristin Smart case was soon after turned over to the Sheriff's Department.

More than a month after Smart's disappearance, cadaver dogs searching the dorm honed in on Flores' room. Once inside, the dogs zeroed in on his mattress.

During a grand jury hearing convened in October 1996, Flores refused to answer questions, invoking his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. He has never been charged in the young woman's disappearance.

Later searches of Flores' family home in Arroyo Grande turned up nothing substantial. Psychics, national talk show hosts and local media all tried in vain to discern Smart's location.

San Luis Obispo County Superior Court Judge Roger Piquet later declared Smart dead as of May 25, 2001, so her family could pursue a wrongful-death lawsuit against Flores.

Suspect

That civil case, which alleges “Flores violently assaulted and murdered Decedent Kristin Smart and disposed of her body in an unknown location, presumably in San Luis Obispo,” returns to court June 9.

The civil suit has been repeatedly delayed since the Smart family filed it in 2002. The Sheriff's Department still considers its investigation open, and has refused to release any evidence to the Smarts' attorneys.

Denise Smart, Kristin's mother, said she has mixed feelings about the criminal case staying open.

“As long as it's still open, there's hope,” she said. “But I'm frustrated by the lack of progress.”

An educator living in Stockton, Denise Smart said the slow reaction from Cal Poly police damaged the case.

“It was way over their head,” she said. “When Kristin's roommate reported her missing, they didn't even go check on her. It was a total failure to respond.”

In 1998, Gov. Pete Wilson signed a state law named after Smart, requiring universities and colleges to notify local law enforcement quickly if a violent crime may have occurred.

“I know that members of the Smart family have complained that our police did not respond properly,” said Cal Poly Provost Bob Detweiler. “I wasn't here at the time, but I can find no evidence of us handling the case inappropriately. Because of Kristin's disappearance, we have beefed up our emphasis on alcohol awareness and sexual assault awareness on campus.”

Since they took over the case, sheriff's deputies have focused on Flores, who is now a 29-year-old living in Lawndale in Los Angeles County.

“Paul Flores is the only person of interest that we have not excluded as a possible suspect,” said Undersheriff Steve Bolts. “We've got several avenues we're pursuing that I can't really discuss. The case remains very active.”

Bolts said Detective Dave Kenny is spending the majority of his time working on the Smart case. Kenny declined comment.

Bolts had no estimate of how many hours have been spent on the case.

“It's one of those cases that has the potential to be resolved,” Bolts said. “We are reasonably certain that she's deceased, and we're optimistic that her remains will be found some day.”

Bolts would not comment on a specific theory about Smart's disappearance.

“There's no evidence to exclude an intentional homicide,” he said.

Since Smart went missing, Flores has racked up three drunken-driving convictions and a probation violation. Flores served time in 2000 at Santa Barbara County Jail for driving drunk in Santa Maria, and was sentenced again to County Jail for drinking while on probation.

On Dec. 20, 2005, he was again flagged for drunken driving, this time in Los Angeles County. He is free on $100,000 bail while the case works its way through the courts.

Flores could face prison time if convicted, said Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Paulette Paccione. The case returns to court June 29 for a preliminary hearing.

Flores has rejected a plea deal in the latest drunken-driving charge that would have landed him in jail for a year, Paccione said.

“He wants to fight the case,” she said.

Bolts has several theories on Flores' battles with alcohol.

“I think it's reflective of a chemical dependency that may be at the root of Kristin's disappearance,” Bolts said. “It also may be a product of a guilty conscience.”

Denise Smart said Flores has negotiated in the past with law enforcement. She is certain Flores knows her daughter's whereabouts.

“Do we know what he did? No. Do we know he knows where she is? Yes,” Denise Smart said. “He's kind of making his own prison. But for us there's no punishment we feel would be enough. Where she is is not where she wants to be and it's certainly not where we would want her to be.”

Bolts wouldn't comment on any negotiations between law enforcement and Flores.

“Even if there were negotiations,” he said, “they are privileged and are not presumed by us to be evidence.”

Attempts to reach Flores were unsuccessful. Calls to his criminal and civil attorneys were not returned. His parents, Susan and Ruben, have separated and live in Arroyo Grande.

Outside both of their homes is a printed flier with this message:

“Notice: Please respect the privacy of the occupants of this residence. They have chosen to resolve their legal matters in the courtroom, not the media.”

A man who emerged from Susan Flores' home last week snapped several pictures of a visiting reporter, but declined comment.

The activists

Dennis Mahon of Charlotte, N.C., has spent years tracking the case. Mahon's Web site, www.sonofsusan.com, includes his short book on Smart's disappearance and a log of Flores' legal troubles.

Mahon used to park outside the Flores' home in Arroyo Grande and took to photographing Paul Flores during his court appearances.

For his diligence, Denise Smart considers Mahon “a saint.”

The Flores family sees it different. They have a restraining order against him.

“It's a matter of not abandoning Kristin,” Mahon said. “My Web site is geared toward getting Flores to cooperate with the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Department. The crime is in the cover-up.”

Terry Black, a Sacramento investor and political consultant, recently offered a $100,000 reward for information leading to the location of the missing woman or her remains.

Black, who believes Smart's body could be buried on the Nipomo Mesa, said he has provided police several tips received through his hotline.

“I just would like to see closure to the family, and sometimes money is the only thing that motivates people to come forward,” Black said. “My sole concern is retrieval of the body. I'm not in the blame or punishment role here.”

Persistence

Denise Smart remembers her daughter's persistence and discipline above all else.

An avid swimmer who stood more than 6 feet tall, Smart cared deeply about her health, Denise Smart said.

“Before it was cool to be fit, she exercised and watched what she ate,” Denise Smart said. “She never had egg yolks.”

The young woman loved Hawaii and even managed to graduate high school early to work as a camp counselor there.

Originally accepted at UCSB, Smart decided to switch schools shortly before her freshman year. The prospect of transferring from her communications program into Cal Poly's elite architecture school was a lure.

Denise Smart said her daughter also would have been content to work in TV.

“She thought Joan Lunden had just about the best job in the world,” Denise Smart said.

Ten years later, Denise Smart is still acutely aware of how her daughter's life was cut short.

“She was a very loving and compassionate type of person, and it's hard to have lost her,” Denise Smart said. “Her friends are now getting married and having children.”

Matt Smart was just 16 when his sister disappeared.

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« Reply #112 on: May 25th, 2006, 07:03am »

SCOTT SMITH
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Published Thursday, May 25, 2006


STOCKTON - It was 10 years ago today that Kristin Smart, an athletic, tall and vibrant 19-year-old woman from Stockton vanished from a college campus in San Luis Obispo.

Her disappearance touched off a nationwide story, and hundreds traveled to help find her. Even more have posted their own theories on Web sites speculating what happened after she left a drunken party at California Polytechnic State University.

Still, no arrests have been made, and she has never been found.

A decade after this high-profile case, Smart's family and friends still hope to find her. They've hired psychics, searched fields and even acted as their own detectives, interviewing Smart's friends, acquaintances and people who knew the No. 1 suspect.

"It's a tough time every year when May rolls around," said Smart's father, Stan Smart, who wants justice. "It's really important to find our daughter and bring her remains home."
Missing

Kristin Denise Smart was last seen on campus in the early-morning hours of May, 25, 1996, after staggering away from a house party in the coastal hill town of San Luis Obispo.

Paul Flores, then 19, a fellow student whom Smart first met that night, was to walk Smart to her campus dorm at Muir Hall on the way back to his own dorm.

By morning, her roommate - worried Smart hadn't come in - reported her missing. Flores showed up later that day with a black eye when he met friends to play basketball.

At first giving police conflicting stories, Flores quickly stopped talking and asserted his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. That's been his stance ever since.

Flores and his attorney could not be reached for comment this week in Southern California. Investigators make guarded comments about Flores, saying he's at the center of a "very active" case.

"He has not been excluded as a suspect. Let's put it that way," said San Luis Obispo County Undersheriff Steve Bolts.

Aside from his black eye, cadaver dogs early in the investigation led police to a mattress in Flores' dorm room, but he has adamantly refused to answer questions.

He dropped out of college shortly after Smart disappeared and has a drunken-driving record. In December, Flores was arrested in Los Angeles again on suspicion of driving under the influence, and this time he could go to state prison if he's convicted.

Asked why Flores hasn't been arrested in connection with Smart's disappearance, Bolts said he couldn't comment.

"We believe there is knowledge that somehow Paul Flores has, or may have, that he may be willing to share," Bolts said.

Stan Smart, frustrated with the faltering investigation, said Flores' attorneys have twice suggested a deal in which Flores would lead them to the body in exchange for a significantly reduced charge. Both offers fell through.

"It makes me further believe that he's the one," Smart said.


Persistent pressure
Family and friends refuse to let Kristin Smart's memory fade.

Over the weekend, about 250 people gathered for the Kristin Smart Hope and Awareness Run near San Luis Obispo, marking a decade of frustration and unanswered questions. The money will help post signs asking the public for information.


Matt Smart, Kristin's brother, who lives in Stockton and sells pharmaceuticals, recalled his big sister as a powerful swimmer whose eyes brightened at the thought of travel. Matt Smart, 26, was 16 when his sister vanished.

An online video shows the Smarts playing together on a tropical beach in Jamaica and riding a cruise ship through the icy passages of Alaska. Another scene shows Kristin Smart graduating in 1995 from Lincoln High School.

She was in her first year at Cal Poly when she vanished. Smart was declared legally dead in 2002, despite the fact that her body has never been recovered.

Gov. Pete Wilson in 1998 signed the Kristin Smart Security Act into law, requiring campus police to report cases involving violence or missing students to local police. Smart's family faulted Cal Poly officers for failing to investigate the case early on.

Kristin Smart's death brought together a family that was already close, Matt Smart said.

Kristin Smart's mother, Denise, teaches English language learners at Lincoln Unified. Her youngest child, Lindsay Smart, is now 23.

Stan Smart recalled driving down to Cal Poly to collect his daughters belongings from the Sheriff's Department and bicycle from the campus dorm where she once lived.

"You're supposed to bring your child home - not her possessions," Stan Smart said.


Fervent supporter
Few have thrown themselves into the hunt for Kristin Smart like Dennis Mahon.

The Charlotte, N.C., man isn't related to Smart and never knew her. He learned about the missing Stockton girl while searching for another girl from his hometown who vanished on vacation with her family in San Francisco.

Mahon, 45, maintains an elaborate Web site dedicated to Smart. He once held a vigil in front of Paul Flores' family home in Arroyo Grande demanding answers until Flores obtained a restraining order.

Mahon, a former homeless shelter manager who now works at Wal-Mart, spent 12 days in jail for continuing to harass Flores. He's agreed to take down the Web site when Flores begins to cooperate with law enforcement.

"These girls, I'm just not going to abandon them, that's all," he said.

There's a good reason cases like Kristin Smart's draws such strong public reaction, said Andrew Edelman, a criminal justice professor for the University of Phoenix in south Florida.

"Any event that rattles our sense of safety and security gets society's attention," Edelman said. "I think it shocks."

Cases like Smart's are alarming because men are expected to protect women and hold them in high esteem. Parents send their adult children to college campuses believing they're safe. Complacency sets in, Edelman said.

It's particularly devastating when there's no closure, he said.


What's next?
In retirement, Stan Smart said he'll spend time with his family and search for Kristin. He predicts more treks down to San Luis Obispo, like before, when somebody thinks they know where she is. He's done making the talk-show circuit.

He's thrashed through the surrounding hills looking for her, too often uncovering the remains of dead animals and never finding his daughter.


"I'm not sure if we ever will. You know, they can't do anything more than what they've done to her. She can't be hurt any longer."

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« Reply #113 on: May 26th, 2006, 07:20am »

Written for the web by C. Johnson, Internet News Producer


It has been 10 years since the disappearance of Kristin Smart, a young college woman from Stockton. Despite a search that went national, she was never found. Now a local man hopes his $100,000 reward to help find Smart's remains will bring some closure to the case.

The last time the 19-year-old Smart was seen was early on the morning of May 25, 1996. She was leaving a house party at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo in the company of a man she had met that night. Paul Flores, 19, was supposed to walk Smart to her dorm room on campus.

The next morning, Smart's roommate reported her missing to campus police. Flores was seen later that day with a black eye. He first offered conflicting stories to police but soon stopped talking, invoking his Fifth Amendment right to not incriminate himself. Flores has never been charged in the Smart case.

Since Smart's disappearance, her family and friends have been frustrated in their search for her and lack of progress in finding out what happened.

Terry Black, who helps manage the Grand Island Mansion in the Delta, had his business post a $100,000 reward six months ago for leads to help find Smart's remains. He says the offer is not tied to the arrest or conviction of whoever may have caused harm to Smart. "We're interested solely in the location of her remains," Black told News10's Tim Daly. "So she can be returned to Stockton and buried with dignity by her family."

Black himself only has a distant connection to the case. He said a relative had lived in San Luis Obispo and knew a friend of Flores. Black said he heard a story secondhand that he thought would be helpful to the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Department's investigation. But Black claims the information wasn't followed up and he then contacted Smart's family.

"As I learned about the fiasco of this crime investigation, I became more committed to [the] family solving the problem," Black says.

The $100,000 offer has brought some new information to light, Black says. He claims Flores, who has a drunk-driving record and is now facing possible prison time if convicted of a December DUI charge, has talked to others, if not detectives. "He's done a lot of talking over the years and those people have contacted me," Black says.

"I would give $500,000. Flores is not going to give up the whereabouts of the body," Black says. "What I expect from $100,000, people he's been close to, gone to school with."

Black says he talks to the Smart family every week. Kristin Smart's mother, Denise Smart, was not up to talking this day. She did tell News10 three years ago, though, that all her family wanted was for "just the opportunity to give her a Christian burial and lay her to rest, would bring a sense of closure to our family."

The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Department says the Smart investigation is open and active.

Anyone with information that could help find Kristin Smart can call Black at (219) 776-4218.

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« Reply #114 on: May 29th, 2006, 12:50pm »

Monday, May 29, 2006
By MARSHA DORGAN

For the past 10 years, the Smart family has died a little each day.

It was on Memorial Day weekend 1996 that their 19-year-old daughter Kristin Smart disappeared. For the past decade the family has been waiting for that moment when they can bring her body back for a proper burial.

Kristin, a freshman at Cal Poly University in San Luis Obispo, was last seen in the early morning hours of May 25, 1996, after she left an off-campus party.

Investigators believe Paul Flores, 19, also a student at the university, was the last person to see Kristin alive. She met him at the party, and the two walked together back to their dorm rooms, which were in separate buildings. Flores has always maintained he left Kristin around 2 a.m., when they reached his dorm room. He said she continued to walk the short distance to her room alone. Detectives still consider Flores as a possible suspect.

For Kristin's parents, Denise and Stan Smart, and her siblings, Matt, 27, and Lindsey, 24, the ordeal has been almost more than they can bear.

Stan was principal of Vintage High School at the time their daughter went missing. In 2000, he assumed the duties of Napa Valley Unified School District director of student services. He retires on June 30.

"A little part of our lives dies each day. People lose someone they love each day, but it shouldn't be your children," Denise Smart said. "There is a hole in our heart that never goes away. It's not easy to move on when you don't know where your child is."

The Smarts have long since given up hope their daughter will be found alive.

"But to think of her somewhere in an unmarked, unknown grave ... no greater pain for a parent," Denise said.

Stan Smart is frustrated the case has not been resolved. "We don't have any idea where she is," he said.

Stan spent the first three summers after his daughter's disappearance combing the area around the college looking for Kristin's body.

"It's very hilly, steep, wooded terrain. And we don't have any idea where to search. If we just had some direction, we could get a large number of people to search, but where do you look? It is unusual that a hiker hasn't come across her body," Smart said. "We still go down to San Luis Obispo and continue to search. We have to. But it just eats you alive."

Like the police, the Smarts believe Flores knows details about what happened to Kristin. But he's not talking. Other than making a few initial statements to police when Kristin disappeared, over the past 10 years, Flores has refused to talk to investigators. He has never denied any involvement in Kristin's disappearance.

"I know he killed our daughter. Kristin had been drinking that night. I think he took her to his dorm room and tried to rape her. She may have fought back, and he hit her in the head or choked her," Stan said.

"He was alone in his dorm room that night. His roommate was in San Francisco. I believe he wrapped Kristin's body in a blanket and took her out the window -- his room was on the ground floor," he said. "I think he put her body in a nearby Dumpster, and she ended up in the landfill."

Smart said sheriff's investigators checked the landfill, but found nothing.

"Now the landfill has been closed because it has been declared a hazmat. They have covered the entire fill with a layer of dirt," he said.

On one of their trips to San Luis Obispo after their daughter's disappearance, Denise confronted Flores at the gas station where he worked.

"I introduced myself to him. I said, 'Paul, it's a terrible accident. We need your help to find Kristin. Please tell us what you know,'" Denise said. "He went inside and locked himself in a closet. He knows where she is and that it's a place where she doesn't want to be, and certainly a place we don't want her to be."

Flores is represented by an attorney hired after the Smart's filed a wrongful death suit against him.

"We are not suing for money, but for information. He knows where she is, and he needs to tell us," Stan said. The next hearing is set for early June.

Twice, Flores' attorneys have presented plea bargains to the Smarts.

"In return for information about Kristin, Paul wanted to be assured he would not get any jail time. But the deals fell through," Denise said. "I know he did it, and he needs to be punished."

From the very beginning, the Smarts have been unhappy with the way law enforcement has handled the investigation.

"She disappeared early Saturday morning, and the campus police didn't notify us until Monday night. They said she could have just taken off," Denise said.

By the time campus police got around to searching Flores' dorm room, he had left for the summer and taken all of his belongings.

"We wanted other law enforcement called in right away. I wanted the FBI involved because I believe Kristin was kidnapped," she said. "But all we ever got was that the case was in good hands with the campus police."

About a month after Kristin's disappearance, the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's investigators were called in.

They searched Flores' dorm room with cadaver dogs. The dogs picked up the scent of corpse on the edge of Flores' mattress and the telephone on the adjacent nightstand.

In 1999, Gov. Pete Wilson signed what is commonly called the Kristin Smart Law, requiring universities and colleges to notify local law enforcement immediately if a violent crime may have occurred.

The current provost for the university, Robert Detweiler was not at Cal Poly when Kristin disappeared. He came in 1998.

"I am familiar about the Smarts' concern. I have checked with people who were here when it happened. The university believes campus police acted professionally and appropriately. We have cooperated with law enforcement from the beginning, Detweiler said. "As tragic as this is, the case has impacted the university to become more concerned in educating students, especially freshmen, about safety and sexual assault. It made us more attentive to the issue of alcohol abuse."

The Smarts are also frustrated that the sheriff's department is not working closer with them.

"They do not communicate with us about the case. We're not getting any information. They are accusing us of leaking information to the media. They have told us a task force made up of an officials from the FBI, the sheriff's and district attorney's office has been assigned to investigate Kristin's case. They are to work on it until the case is resolved," Denise said. "However, we do not have contact with them. I would just think law enforcement would keep us better informed."

During the past 10 years, one of the bright spots in the Smart's life as been Dennis Mahon.

Mahon, who is from Charlotte, NC, came to California to search for Kristen Modafferi. The 19-year-old, who is also from Charlotte and a North Carolina State University student, was last seen on June 23, 1997, leaving a San Francisco coffee shop.

After Mahon arrived in San Francisco, he became interested in the Kristin Smart case and started putting information about her on his sonofsusan.com Web site. Mahon used to park outside the Flores' home in Arroyo Grande and also took photos of Paul Flores during his court appearances.

"His Web site has kept Kristen's case alive. We are very thankful," Denise said.

However, Mahon's involvement in the Kristin Smart case is the main reason law enforcement has been stingy in releasing information to the family, San Luis Obispo Sheriff's Undersheriff Steve Bolts said.

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A Victoria woman is in jail in Chiang Mai, Thailand, accused of fatally shooting her American common-law husband, George Patrick Dubie, a cult-like figure who at one time lived in a lavish waterfront estate in Hawaii.

Margaret Crane, 48, was arrested by Thai police after she allegedly shot Dubie three times in the chest with a .38 revolver, then fled in a car. She was later apprehended by police.

She faces the death penalty if convicted of premeditated murder.

The Bangkok Post reported that Crane told police that Dubie, 56, was abusive and occasionally hit her and their five children. She said the situation had worsened after Dubie became involved with a local Thai woman.

The shooting reportedly took place after a heated argument at a restaurant in downtown Chiang Mai, about 580 kilometres north of Bangkok.

Dubie, who used the first name Daniel, was described as a freelance journalist who had also worked for the United Nations in the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami.

He had attracted controversy and police attention in the past. Dubie was at one time wanted in connection with a theft ring in Hawaii, where he lived on a $1.7-million waterfront mansion.

An associate of Dubie named Jon Onuma, also known as Jade Yoshino, previously lived at the home and was a person of interest in the mysterious disappearance of a North Carolina woman named Kristen Modafferi, who vanished in 1997 from San Francisco.

The case was featured on an episode of the TV program America's Most Wanted and is detailed on a website: www.findkristen.com.

"Daniel Dubie is a modern day Charles Manson and Jim Jones," the website says. "He literally goes around the world telling people he is Jesus and actually convinces them to give him millions of dollars."

Dennis Mahon, who runs the website to generate tips about the case and is a friend of the family of the missing woman, said Dubie was born in Santa Barbara and married millionaire Geri Cvitanovich, a co-founder of the Herbalife company, which sells health and weight-loss products.

For many years, Dubie lived at his wife's waterfront home outside Honolulu near Diamond Head. After Dubie and Cvitanovich divorced, he was rumoured to have been married to a number of women.

"He supposedly has 17 children," Mahon said. "He lived in B.C. for a while. I've known he was in Thailand for a couple of years. He ran a holistic spa in Chiang Mai."

Dubie and Onuma also made a film about a conference of world religious leaders meeting in Bangkok in 2002.

"I know Dubie has about 10 aliases," Mahon said. An article from a Honolulu newspaper, located on Mahon's website, said Dubie was also known Sean Dubie, David Hart, Keoki Dubie, Christian Hart and Frances LaRue.

The 1983 article was about a man who sued Dubie, claiming he was brainwashed, psychologically tortured and physically beaten with a tennis racquet by Dubie to prove he was a "warrior."

Mahon said he received an e-mail Tuesday from a man in Thailand who believes the woman who shot Dubie was named Gina Hart, which may have been an alias of Margaret Crane.

Pamela Greenwell, a spokesman with Foreign Affairs in Ottawa, said Tuesday that Canadian consular staff in Thailand have visited Crane in jail but further information could not be released because of the Privacy Act.

She could not comment on whether Crane had used the name Hart before she arrested in Chiang Mai.


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Acting an a tip, sheriff’s deputies searched Friday for the remains of Kristin Smart, a Cal Poly student who vanished in 1996.

The e-mail tip to the Sheriff’s Department said there were bones in a water tank on the Cal Poly campus that may have been related to the case, said Sheriff’s Sgt. C.J. Bell.

Deputies searched the area on a hill Friday afternoon and climbed inside the tank but did not find any bones.

Investigators called the search off shortly after 6 p.m.

The 19-year-old freshman disappeared while walking home from a party. She was declared legally dead in 2002.

A $100,000 reward remains unclaimed.

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« Reply #118 on: May 23rd, 2007, 5:42pm »

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Reported by: Andrew Masuda; Colin Seiler; Wendy Thies

ARROYO GRANDE

Just three days before the 11 year anniversary of her disappearance from the Cal Poly campus, major developments in the Kristin Smart case.

A private construction crew, supervised by the Smart family's attorney, dug up the backyard of a home owned by Susan Flores, the mother of Paul Flores.

You may remember, Paul Flores is considered a person of interest in this case.

The home is located in the 500 block of East Branch in Arroyo Grande.

The Smart family's attorney said no body or items of interest were found in Tuesday's search.

Mark Connelly, the Smart family's attorney, said his crew dug up the backyard patio. They arrived at 8:00 a.m. Tuesday morning and left at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday afternoon. He said they dug with permission from Susan Flores, Paul's mother, who was home at the time.

Paul Flores, the last person seen with Kristin Smart whom investigators have always considered a person of interest, was not there Tuesday.

Crews targeted spots in the yard that piqued their interest a few weeks ago when they went over the land with radar.

Reached by phone Tuesday in Northern California, Kristin's mother, Denise Smart, said after 11 years she's grateful this day finally came.

"So, feelings aside, it was just important that today happened. So, it's just a sense of relief that after 11 years one place has finally been ruled out as a final resting place for our daughter."

The Smart family's attorney said the search is part of a civil lawsuit filed by the Flores family against the Smart family for harassment.

The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Department was not involved with Tuesday's search. And because they still consider the Smart case as active and open, they would not elaborate on the search's impact on their case.

Denise Smart said her family is committed to bring Kristin home, but now the family can move forward and look to the next spot.

No one at the Flores house would comment on the search.

The family's attorney, Jeff Rading, would only say this is not a public matter.

The man who has led the crusade to find Kristin Smart fought for years to dig up the Flores yard.

Two years ago, Dennis Mahon paraded outside the Michael Jackson trial in Santa Maria with a banner. He pledged to walk a thousand miles around San Luis Obispo County to bring attention to the case, asking law enforcement to search the Flores property again, and dig up the backyard to see if Kristin is there or not.

A few days later, he was arrested and served time in jail for violating a restraining order filed by Susan Flores.

Here's a rundown of what's happened in the case:

Cal Poly freshman Kristin Smart was reported missing on May 25th, 1996.
The following July, Paul Flores was named as a key witness in the case.
In June of 2000, the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Department searched Susan Flores' Arroyo Grande home, but did not dig up the patio.
In May of 2002, a judge granted the Smart family's request to declare Kristin legally dead.
Three days later, the family filed a civil lawsuit against Flores.
In January, the family asked the sheriff's department for the case files.
This Friday marks the 11th anniversary of her disappearance from the Cal Poly campus.

Tuesday's dig at the Flores house was part of the discovery process in the civil case against the parents of Kristin Smart.

Here are the next steps:

Susan Flores has filed an action against Denise and Stan Smart, and Dennis Mahon, alleging that the Smarts and Mahon have harassed an innocent family.
The August trial date has been delayed until at least October in San Luis Obispo Civil Court.

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« Reply #119 on: Jun 3rd, 2007, 09:15am »

By Ellen Thompson
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STOCKTON - After 11 years, Kristin Smart's family had the opportunity this week to have a search conducted in one more spot for the body of their daughter, who was a freshman in college when she disappeared. Though the search turned up empty, family members feel they are making progress in the quest they can only hope will end with a final farewell.

Kristin Smart would be 30 if she were alive today. At 19, while in her first year at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, she disappeared. She has since been legally declared dead, but the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Department still has an open investigation into her disappearance.

Investigators never named a suspect but said fellow student Paul Flores - who was seen with Smart at an off-campus party before she disappeared and who told investigators he'd walked her home - was a "person of interest."

Denise and Stan Smart took the opportunity of a harassment lawsuit against them, waged by the man's parents, to have the yard of his mother, Susan Flores, searched Tuesday for their daughter's remains. Neither Kristin's body, nor any trace of it, was found.

Denise Smart said she was grateful for the opportunity to look.

"Like any investigation, you can't move forward until you eliminate possibilities," she said. "If you have a missing child, you want to be moving in a forward direction and not stalled in the middle of the lake."

San Luis Obispo investigators could not be reached Wednesday. A Sheriff's Department Web page lists Kristin Smart as a missing person and asks for information regarding her disappearance, as well as information about Paul Flores.

Denise Smart said more than 100 tips and information from radar readings indicated there could be a body at Flores' mother's home near the campus. The fact that a lawsuit against the Smarts paved the way for a search she has been pushing for was an unexpected.

"What is that, the ultimate case of, if you have lemons, make lemonade?" she asked.

Though her daughter's body wasn't found, Denise Smart says there are two other locations she hopes to search as part of the discovery portion of the civil suit. Flores' father's house is one such location, she said, but she would not name the third.

Denise Smart said her family has had a lot of support from friends and family, but also from strangers. The community of San Luis Obispo has been devoted to helping her family, as have some other individuals.

Delta-area resident Terry Black has offered a $100,000 reward in the case, despite not knowing the Smart family personally.

"I thought their case had been overlooked and needed an injection of interest by somebody from the outside," he said.

A North Carolina man has created a Web site devoted to the case of Kristin Smart. Denise Smart directs people there - www.sonofsusan.com - for more information in the case.

On Friday, the 11th anniversary of Kristin Smart's disappearance, Denise Smart and her family will travel to the coast to commemorate Kristin Smart's life. Without a grave site to visit, the beach is the best place they've found to honor their athletic, spirited, sunkissed-blonde daughter.

"That's where we feel closest to her," Denise Smart said.

The search for a body won't end until her daughter is found, her mother said.

"For 11 years, it's changed our lives because we've not only lost her, we have to do this battle," she said of the effort she has waged since 1996. "It's a sense of needing to give Kristin the respect of a proper burial site. Everybody deserves that."

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