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Candlelight vigil held for Kristin Smart who disappeared 23 years ago from Cal Poly Campus

Kristin Smart

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - A candlelight vigil was held Saturday night in honor of Kristin Smart. Smart, once a Cal Poly Student, disappeared 23 years ago never to be seen again.

The disappearance has haunted San Luis Obispo for 23 years. A new podcast has sparked recent attention to the cold case.

Those at the vigil gathered to honor Smart and her family. Many of those that attended said they don't want Smart to be forgotten, and above all, they hope justice will finally be served.

Police released information this week that they have two vehicles in their possession that belong to long time prime suspect Paul Flores. Flores was never convicted of the crime but remains the prime suspect.

“We just wanted to create awareness to show the community that we all stand behind the Smart family and that they have our support,” said the events organizer Marie Inman.

“Hopefully justice is right around the corner and the case is going to be solved and we will be able to bring Kristin home,” said attendee and SLO resident Justin Croockett.

In the past investigation, police dug up the grounds of Flores' parent's home in search of Smart's remains. Officials remain tight-lipped about the case, leaving more questions than answers.

There are reports that Flores had inconsistencies with his account of why he had a black eye days after Smart's disappearance. Other reports say an earring that resembled one Smart wore was also found on Flores parent's property but was later misplaced.

California

Naja Hill

Naja Hill is a reporter at KCOY|KEYT|KKFX.