Update: Search warrants served for evidence in relation to Kristin Smart case
Update posted Feb. 5, 2020:
–The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office announced this morning that it has served search warrants for specific items of evidence at four separate locations in California and Washington in relation to the Kristin Smart case. Two of those locations are in San Luis Obispo County, one location is in Los Angeles County and one location is in Washington State.
The search warrants are limited in scope and sealed by the court. As a result, the sheriff’s office says they are precluded by law from disclosing any further details about them. This is an active and on-going investigation. The Sheriff’s Office says they will not be commenting any further and no additional information will be released at this time, nor do they “anticipate any additional news releases regarding this investigation.”
Update posted Jan. 30, 2020:
Sheriff’s office now in possession of two trucks potentially related to Kristin Smart case
–In response to a large number of recent public inquiries, the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office is releasing the following information in the Kristin Smart investigation:
The Sheriff’s Detective Division has a team of investigators and forensic specialists who are actively working on the Kristin Smart case. Since 2011 this work has included:
• The service of 18 search warrants
• Conducting physical evidence searches at nine separate locations
• A complete re-examination of every item of physical evidence seized by all agencies involved in this case
• Submission of 37 evidence items from the early days of the case for modern DNA testing
• Recovery of 140 new items of evidence
• Conducting 91 person to person interviews
• The writing of 364 supplemental reports
Altogether the Sheriff’s Office has spent approximately $62,000 in investigative expenses including, but not limited to, DNA forensic testing. Additionally, the Sheriff’s Office has invested more than 7,500 employee hours since 2011 when Sheriff Parkinson took office.
Although it is generally not a practice for the sheriff’s office to comment on items of evidence in active investigations, in this specific case they said that they can confirm that the Sheriff’s Office currently holds two trucks in evidence that belonged to Flores family members in 1996.
The Sheriff’s Office will not be commenting any further and no additional information will be released at this time.