SAN LUIS OBISPO -Central Coast News has learned of new developments in the Kristin Smart case. A team of investigators tasked with reexamining evidence has completed the first phase of the process.
Smart was a Cal Poly freshman when she disappeared in May of 1996.
San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Ian Parkinson says it took about five weeks to reexamine all of the physical evidence in the case.
He says investigators learned a lot and found some items of interest.
Several pieces are headed for Goleta, where they will undergo further examination at the Department of Justice DNA lab.
"It gives us a chance to look back at stuff that has already been examined by our lab and say, 15 years ago we didn't find something, but can we find something now using these different tools that are available," said Sheriff Parkinson.
With the help of new technology, Sheriff Parkinson says he's hoping to find DNA evidence that will link a suspect to Smart's disappearance.
She was last seen walking back to her dorm with a friend and fellow student, Paul Flores.
He is still considered a person of interest, but has never been charged in the case.