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Family of Kristin Smart releases new statement on investigation update

Kristin Smart

STOCKTON, Calif. -- The family of missing Cal Poly student Kristin Smart released a new statement days after the Stockton Record published a story that new break may be coming in the case.

Smart disappeared in 1996, after attending an off-campus house party.

Investigators say she last seen walking back to her Santa Lucia residence hall with Paul Flores and two other students.

Smart was 19- years-old when she disappeared during her Freshman year at Cal Poly.

Over the weekend, the Stockton Record published a story saying Smart’s mother, Denise, was told by the FBI to be ready for a major development.

Agents also reportedly told the family they may want to get away for bit after the announcement is made.

The public information officer for the San Luis Obispo Sheriff's Office told us they do not comment on active investigations.

A Smart family spokesman released a new statement Wednesday saying, “Over the past few days, our family has been overwhelmed with inquiries about the investigation.  We sincerely appreciate the amazing support we've received and want to be clear that this is an ongoing investigation that is complex, fluid and continuing.   The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office is leading the investigation and they are not putting any timetable on the completion of it.  We support the Sheriff Department's efforts and commitment.  It is vitally important that they take the necessary time required.  To clarify an important point about timing, there is no current timeline for any announcement.  When the Sheriff’s Department completes the investigation, they will notify all of us when there is news to announce.  Thank you for your understanding and our shared interest in the ongoing investigation.”

California / Crime / Safety / San Luis Obispo County
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Ed Zuchelli

Ed Zuchelli is the managing editor at KCOY NewsChannel 12.

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