The Ben Franklin leads came in in 2003. Three years later, in 2006, wealthy businessman and 'Kristin-supporter' Terry Black contacted SLO Detectives and demanded they follow up on this lead. A few days later, a Detective returned Mr. Black's phone call to inform him they just checked out the lead and it was nothing.
Grand Island Mansion - Sacramento, Ca
Terry Black is the owner of the Grand Island Mansion up in Sacramento. The Smart family will forever be grateful for his personal help in trying to find Kristin. Mr. Black:
It really is very possible the this lead was checked out immediately by the SLO Sheriff's Department. If that is 'true' then I owe them a HUGE apology and I am more than happy to do so.
So now you know what I know about this tip. Mr. Blackburn was as sincere and genuine as a person can possibly be. Over time, he became 'professionally angry' because he wanted to help the Smarts but would not break the University's 'Privacy Laws' to do so. Barry tried, he really tried.
NOTE: ***It took many more years - but eventually, even the SLO Detective confirmed that there was indeed a 'match'.
So here is the $64,000.00 question: "Why would people in charge of looking for Kristin not want to speak with Barry Blackburn, the IT admin person at Sonoma State after Mr. Blackburn confirmed he was in possession of potentially valuable information that could help in the investigation? How does Kristin benefit from this lack of effort?