A young woman vanishes from a college campus.

Kristin Smart

Missing:

Gender: Female
DOB: 2/20/77
Height: 6’1”
Weight: 145 to 160 lbs.
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Dark blonde
Remarks: Last seen 5/25/96. There is currently a $75,000 reward being offered.

CASE DETAILS

Eighteen year-old April Gregory and 19 year-old Kristin Smart never met. They were enrolled at different universities on opposite ends of the country. Yet within the same five hour period, they were both vanished with no warning and no explanation.

Why hadn’t Kristin called home?

April Gregory took her schoolwork at Syracuse University very seriously. When she finished her freshman year, she immediately enrolled in the summer session. At 11:45 P.M., on May 24, 1996, April’s brother, Lamar, dropped her off at her dorm:

“I helped her with her bags to the front of the dormitory and that was the last I saw her.”

April walked up the steps, entered the doors under the watchful eyes of dorm officials, and went to her seventh floor room, then was never seen again. A short time later, police searched April’s room. They discovered that when she disappeared, she hadn’t finished unpacking. And in the closet, only one clue: her work uniform was missing. But April never arrived at work. April’s father, Herman, knew it could only be bad news:

“Rarely did she miss work. Very rarely. I just knew something bad had happened to my baby.”

Paul Flores walked her home that night

At almost the same moment that April Gregory disappeared, another young woman mysteriously vanished 3,000 miles away. Nineteen year-old Kristin Smart was a freshman at Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo. About the time April should’ve been heading to work in New York, Kristin was returning to her dorm after a party. She wasn’t alone. Nineteen-year old Paul Flores was also a freshman at Cal Poly. He had offered to walk Kristin home after the party. An eyewitness saw Paul and Kristin on a street corner. Paul told police that Kristin went to her dorm, and he crossed the street to his. Denise Smart is Kristen’s mother:

“Kristin phoned home every Sunday religiously. And when that Sunday passed, and she hadn’t phoned, I knew something was wrong.”

Police found clues in a dorm room

Police and volunteers searched the campus for Kristin, but they didn’t find a clue. Then cadaver search dogs were taken through the dorms. According to Det. Sgt. Peter R. Bayer of the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s office, the dogs earned their pay:

“Those dogs hit on this room, room 128, at the Cal Poly campus, and specifically came into this room and hit on this mattress and the corner of this mattress. This room was occupied by, coincidentally, the male subject that was last seen with Kristin Smart on the day she became a missing person.”

That male subject was Paul Flores. Det. Bayer said that authorities became suspicious of Flores’ statement that he and Kristin had gone home separately:

“He says he continued into his dorm, which is up the hill, and she left and went up between the two dorms to her own dorm. However, we believe that, based on what we’ve learned from the search dogs, she actually continued into his dorm with him.”

Police became suspicious of Paul Flores

Kristen’s mother Denise has not given up hope of finding Kristen alive. But she’s not optimistic:

“As any parent can imagine, the longer that it goes on, the dimmer the light. And we can only hope.”

April Gregory’s father is haunted by his daughter’s disappearance:

“There’s a neighbor girl that resembles April a lot, and I’d be in the kitchen sometimes when she’d walk by the house. My heart would just flutter ’cause I’d be missing my April, and I’d be so disappointed that it’s not her. Everything brings April to my mind. I don’t cry as much as I used to. But the pain is still there. I really, really miss our daughter.”

Update:

In November of 1997, more than a year after she vanished, April Gregory’s former boyfriend was charged with her murder. Police claim that Terrance Evans killed April after an argument, dismembered her body, and then hid part of it in his house. The jury convicted Evans of second-degree murder. He is serving 25 years to life in prison.

Police are still searching for answers in the disappearance of Kristin Smart.


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18 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    Back in May 1996, Kristin Denise Smart, 19, suddenly disappeared after an off-campus party. Despite a massive manhunt that included the likes of helicopters and horses, she was never found. Now, more than 20 years after she vanished, authorities revealed there was one place they forgot to check. This could change everything.

    http://www.opposingviews.com/i/society/more-20-years-after-kristin-smart-disappeared-authorities-just-made-shocking-revelation?Fb=wt

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  2. anonymous

    This case is weird. Kristin was 6’1″. I believe she is in Flores yard…..All these sites about her and you can’t leave comments. I finally came across this site. Anyway… OUR FATHER WHO ART IN HEAVEN, please solve this case . You are all powerful. May the person that did this come forward. GOD look what you did for Saw who became Paul, God look what you did to Jonah when he wouldn’t do what you asked him to do. , GOD whoever killed Kristin or knows what happen , please put a heavy burden on them to come forward. In JESUS name we pray . AMEN

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    • Stella

      Pls keep your religious ramblings off this board-no one really wants to hear it.

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      • Valerie

        I agree with Stella…. “God” has nothing to do with this…if there was a God why would he allow horrible things to happen to innocent people? And why do you religious zealots give praise for things you deem to be blessings….I.e. Remission after tge cancer, Sunshine after floods and rain after fire, but where is the logic? Who brought the cancer, the flood? Who brought the fire?

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    • Anonymous

      What a beautiful prayer- prayers for the family that they will solve this case!!

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  3. ginger

  4. ginger

  5. no name

    i just want to know what happened to kristinnnn so badlyy

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  6. The murder

    Hello

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  7. Case 1996

    I am trying to solve this case and I was wondering if you know any very important details of this case anyone

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    • Scott

      I was a friend of Kristin’s while we were there. I don’t remember many of the details, or names and never knew what happened after she and her girl friends (one of which I was sort of seeing) went to the party on the same night she went missing. I didn’t find out she was missing until a week or so later.
      What I know is that the friend I was seeing, was rude to her before they left together. Later that year she had two guys come to my room to threaten me in the middle of the night. And one other time she and the same two guys stopped me with their truck to say talk some more crap.
      I can’t verify that Paul and Scott Peterson knew each other there and they were different in age, but not so different in their urges to kill. I want to know if they knew each other from a fraternity or anything like that because one of the two that came to my room was definitely older than myself or the other guy with him. I also never saw her friends name in any of the newspaper articles after that. She was the one that had told me about Kristin being missing. I wished at the time someone would’ve questioned me and that I could’ve possibly helped her family have some peace. She was a very nice person and trusted someone she shouldn’t have. I didn’t know Paul, or don’t remember him if I did, but it really sounds like he was stalking her, or her roommates/ friends. Also, from stories in Arroyo Grande, it sounds like he was no stranger to date rape after drugging women. And why the black eye the day after? Apparently he thought about how to get rid of the evidence after he almost got caught the first time. I would bet he and Scott Peterson had similar thoughts on that and that Kristin was buried in the Pacific Ocean and no one will find her as they got lucky in finding Laci so soon after she disappeared. They also both did it near national holidays to create a longer delay in it being called a missing persons case.

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  8. Lauren Loyson

    Watching this on tv in South Africa right now….I cant believe that Paul got away with this. Its so clear that he is guilty. Its a shame that with all the technology and sciences available – that no one can come up with some actual physical evidence to pin him. As for his arrogant family, its a shame. Hope his day comes.

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  9. Anonymous

    Dats a shame dey killed those young ladies. My heart goes out to their fsmily

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  10. this needs a end.

    So sad that the cops can’t get this done. Why do the dogs hit on his room and his moms back yard. Get it together SLO. Please finish this and let the family try to get back to life the best they can. enough free time for Paul. Well other than his dui jail time. peace and love. Hope this is over soon.

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  11. Anonymous

    Thank god there was an update on one girls. Very sad though in both cases. What did the police find in the dorm of that guy Paul??? This is my theroy on Kristin smart she went to the party. Walked back to the dorm with that guy Paul. He offered for her to come to his dorm room. She probably agreed giving she was feeling pretty good at the time. When they got there he tried to put the moves on her. She probably said no and then he presisted. Then that’s when things turned ugly. He probably forced his way on her and killed by accident or in the heat of the moment. He then got rid of her body. He then lied to police about her walking back to her dorm. He did it… Its so sad but true. My heart goes out to both families.

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