Nearly 25 after went missing on her college’s campus, authorities confirmed Tuesday, April 13, that an arrest had finally been made. 

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Paul Flores, a longtime person of interest in the , was taken into custody by San Luis Obispo County sheriff’s officials. In the past, he has denied having anything to do with Smart’s disappearance. Flores’ father was also was arrested Tuesday morning, local sources said.

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Source: San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office

Before the arrests, detectives spent two days last month searching the Flores property using cadaver dogs and ground-penetrating radar and digging in several spots outside the house, according to KSBY. They also hauled away an old Volkswagen. It was the third search targeting Flores and his family in just over a year.

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Source: San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office

The San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s Office said Sheriff Ian Parkinson would announce “major developments” in the case at a news conference scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday.

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