By Harry Dong
Updated: 3:50 PST, Wednesday, March 8, 2017
I had just walked out of my last final of Winter Quarter 2016-2017 at California Polytechnic State University with my friend Michelle. I remember noticing fencing on the hilltop behind campus, and mentioning to her as I was walking down the cobblestone campus walkway: “Hey Meesh (her nickname), what is going on with the hilltop with the ‘P’ behind campus?” She replied with, “I don’t know, but it looks like it’s sequestered… maybe they’re corralling animals up there..” I didn’t take this into thought any further and continued on to my house to pack all of my belongings to return home to San Francisco. When I got home I was thrilled to see my jokesters of family members that make me suffer intangible amounts of chagrin by teasing me, harassing me, and the like. I was surfing the web one night on my computer, looking up songs lyrics online, and I noticed a tab in the right margin that looked slightly out of place with the rest of tabs. I clicked on it and the title read: “Items of Interest Found In Search For Student Missing..” I delved into this story further, and it described a girl who was 19 years old named Kristin Smart, who attended California Polytechnic State University, in 1996 – she disappeared, and was never found. The article said that she was attending a party on May 25, 1996 during Memorial Day Weekend and was very inebriated before she was escorted home by two friends. One friend parted ways to return to her dwelling off campus, and a stranger who Kristin didn’t know very well escorted her back to her dorm on campus. That man was Paul Flores. He claims that he escorted her back to her dorm and then returned to his dorm, but everything indicated that he played a part in her disappearance. Her roommate returned from Memorial Day Weekend and noticed that her backpack and makeup were in the exact same location that they were when she had left San Luis Obispo to go home. She knew immediately that Kristin didn’t have a proclivity for this behavior so she reported it to the police that she was missing. The police figured that since it was a holiday weekend that she was just gone for the weekend, and didn’t notify her roommates. A missing person report was not filed until about a week later, so the search was delayed.
After her disappearance, specialized and trained cadaver dogs were brought into Paul Flores’ dorm because he was a suspect, and they ended up sniffing the corner of his dorm bed. This indicates that human remains were in his dorm room at some point, because these dogs are trained to only sniff out human remains. The article indicated that she might be buried at a spot on the hill behind campus which is where a giant “P” is located. She might be buried near the P it said… something seemed so similar… The next sentence said that it had been an open cause and hadn’t been closed and that they were searching by the “P” in Fall of 2016. What my friend and I saw coincidentally was the excavation of her remains that was taking place. That is now a coincidence if ever I have heard of one. Paul Flores has not been convicted to this day, even though he is guilty with flying colors. The story gets even more unpalatable as you read the full story here.
This is a first-hand account of how I discovered a murder case which I was completely unaware of that had occurred at my school.