WATCH: Officials discuss developments in Kristin Smart case

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SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (KGET) — The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office is expected to announce “major developments” in the Kristin Smart disappearance case Tuesday afternoon.

The “prime suspect” in the 25-year-old disappearance was taken into custody Tuesday. Paul Flores, 44, who was the last person seen with Kristin Smart before she vanished in 1996, was taken into custody in the Los Angeles area. His father, Ruben Flores, 80, was arrested as an accessory at his Arroyo Grande home, where sheriff’s investigators conducted another search.

The department will hold a news conference at 2 p.m. on their Facebook page to discuss the developments.

Kristin Smart, 19, was a Cal Poly San Luis Obispo student who went missing in 1996. The 19-year-old college student was legally declared dead in 2002, but her body has not been found.

Last month, the SLO county officials served a search warrant at Ruben Flores’ home. His son, Paul Flores, was a classmate of Smart’s at Cal Poly SLO and was the last person to see her before she disappeared.

Sheriff Ian Parkinson will be discussing major developments in the investigation into the disappearance of Kristin Smart. Ian Parkinson, Sheriff

Posted by San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday, April 13, 2021

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