Just after midnight (12:53am PST) I received an email from Allyson Sneed, A Kristin Supporter from the Central Coast and emailed me with the magic phrase I had posted on the password protected page". The phrase was 'I can't believe I won!"
Allyson wrote to me in her email that she pretty much had the password figured out a few days ago but she was tripped up thinking the last two characters were 'KS" (Kristin Smart) but figured out from yesterday's clue that is was actually 'KF" (Kjerstin Ferris). I kinda knew that would happen.
Below is a breakdown of the password. Thanks for participating. This is not about the Echo Plus, it is just a way to keep Kristin newsworthy. With that said, this Amazon Echo Plus is REALLY nice and Allyson will really enjoy it (at least until her kids take it from her!)
Congratulations to you Allyson!
The legal requirement needed for a judge to sign a search warrant.
It was back in 2000 that the Search Warrant took place which authorized Law Enforcement to dig up Susan Flores' yard to look for Kristin, her personal effects and any other item(s) related to her disappearance.
Dissatisfied with the SLO Sheriff's Department's effort back in 2000, an FBI Agent had to get creative and find a way to get back in that yard to look for Kristin. He had no warrant but he did get Susan Flores to grant permission to search only one area of the backyard. He had to do this privately and nit acting as an official FBI Employee.
Kristin was not found. A day or two later, this agent told me he still thinks that Kristin may be on the Flores' property but that he did not have permission from Susan Flores to search the entire yard.
Retired Detective Paul Dostie brought his cadaver dog Buster down to Arroyo Grande and walked Buster just outside Susan Flores' property line. Buster alerted four separate times to the presence of human remains along Susan Flores' property line.
Dr. Arpad Vass, leading Research Scientist at Oak Ridge Laboratories in Oak Ridge, TN and owner over over 20 US Patents flew from Oak Ridge out to Arroyo Grande and brought with him his latest invention to help locate clandestine graves.
Dr. Vass used fingernail clippings of Kristin's parents, Stan and Denise and his 'source' DNA material.
Dr. Vass said his findings show that there is a 'comparable match' to the DNA located in the backyard area of Susan Flores' yard.
Initials of Kjerstin Ferris who is a Kristin Supporter. Kjerstin basically single-handedly showed me how to fight Facebook to reclaim $121.00 in money they overcharged us last month for ads we ran on their platform. I used that money to pay for the Amazon Echo so adding her initials my just my sneaky way t show her respect and to once again 'thank her' for helping me reclaim that $121.00!
'Never accept the first 'no' from these corporations', Kjerstin told me. Boy, was she right!
Search Warrant's Three Goals....
One of the reasons I am so persistent regarding the 'digging up of Susan Flores' yard is because of what is spelled out in 'Black & White' in the Search Warrant.
Most people, I believe, think that the search warrant just says to go to the Flores' yard and look for Kristin.
But that is not true.
There is more to it than just that. Specifically, the warrant application, signed by a Judge, authorizes Law Enforcement to go look for:
What about her keys? Her clothes? Her red sneakers? How about the other earring? (If the earring was in fact hers, which we may never know because the Sheriff's Department lost the evidence.
Doesn't it stand to reason that if FBI Agent Schafer says that there is reasonable cause to believe Kristin may be buried in Flores' yard that the keys in her possession may also be buried there?
If they did not dig up the yard to look for a 6'1" human being, they sure did not thoroughly search for a set of keys, etc.
Quoting the Warrant
"Based on the information in this affidavit, I believe that Kristin Smart is deceased and that her death and/or the disposal of her remains are a result of a criminal act. Therefore, I request to search 529 East Branch Street for Kristin Smart’s remains, personal effects and other items that constitute evidence pertaining to this case and previously mentioned in this affidavit."
The excerpt below is from the Search Warrant application prepared by FBI Agent Jack Schafer. I'd like to point out a coupe important points:
"On March 3, 1997, CARDA members using cadaver dogs conducted a search of the backyard of 529 East Branch Street. The dogs showed interest in a corner of the yard, where trash cans had once been kept, but they did not alert to any specific area or make any significant finds.
The cadaver dog handlers speculated that the dogs showed interest in the corner of the backyard because trash cans were once kept there and the dogs were stimulated by the residual odor of rotting refuse.
Gary Mann's initial findings and the cadaver dogs' interest in a corner of the backyard at 529 East Branch Street were discounted because investigators believed, at the time, Paul Flores’ mother, Susan Flores, did not reside at 529 East Branch Street at the time of Kristin Smart’s disappearance.
Later investigation determined that, in fact, Susan Flores did reside reside at 529 East Branch at the time of Kristin Smart's disappearance. Given this new information, it is possible Kristin Smart's dead body was temporarily placed in the corner of the backyard and subsequently buried therein."
By now, even if you are new to Kristin's case, you should be getting a sense of what is at stake here for the Smart family. What makes me really focus is the sad fact that if we choose to do nothing, then there is a chance that Kristin will be lost to history. That scares me.
Yes - I do believe that the current Sheriff. Ian Parkinson, wants Kristin found just as much as you and I and he really probably is focused on other 'paths' to find Kristin...and he surely knows more than we do.
All that is a 'given'. But none of that explains why Susan Flores' yard has yet to be dug up per the June 2000 Search Warrant authorizing Law enforcement to do so.
I simply do not agree that the San Luis Obispo Sheriff's Department is not capable of investigating only one lead at a time (for over 18 years now - June 20th, 2000'.)
I've thought about this a lot and what is needed is for people with 'clout' to step up and let their voice be counted.
If that is 'you', that fate is at your door right now. If it is not you but you might know someone who can help - that 'fate is also knocking at your door as well'.
Do your part and pass this info along to those in your life who, in your opinion, have the 'power and clout' to get their phone calls returned.
Just contact me and I will get you up to speed: Dennis Mahon - 914-483-7214 - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Years ago - 2005-ish, a man named Terry Black learned about Kristin and he began throwing his money and thunderous personality around, and, surprise of surprise, the Sheriff's Department began checking out leads that previously just were not a priority to them. It was like night and day. That was eye-opening for those of us close to the Smart family.
Sadly, Mr. Black's health concerns took him back to England and we lost just a fantastic 'voice' for Kristin.
If Terry Black was Sheriff, there is no doubt in my mind Kristin would have been back with her family 15 years ago.
A 'man-made' geological feature...
Quoting the warrant:
"On March 10, 1997, SLOCSO Deputy H. Stewart spoke with Gary Mann. Gary Mann said he conducted additional GPR testing at 523 East Branch Street, the house adjacent to 529 East Branch Street.
Gary Mann said the feature he detected in the backyard of 529 East Branch did not appear to be a natural geographical feature since it did not continue under the fence to the adjacent property (Refer to Attachment ?, Mann's statement to Investigator Stewart).
On April 8, 1997, SLOCSO Deputy H. Stewart spoke with Gary Mann. Gary Mann said he felt the feature he discovered in the back yard of 529 East Branch Street was backfill of some kind and looks to be man-made (Refer to Attachment ?, Mann's statement to Investigator Stewart)."
Dr. Vass' Inventiion
Think about this....
Dr. Vass' recorded an interview for the website regarding his efforts in trying to locate Kristin Smart. The interview is located on our home page. Here is a brief overview of his resume:
A few months ago, Dr. Arpad Vass received a US Patent for a brand new machine that he invented to detect 'comparative matches at the molecular level' between known DNA samples and hidden, clandestine graves.
Stan and Denise Smart provided Dr. Vass with fingernail samples and Dr. Vass used those samples to look for a molecular match in the vicinity of Susan Flores' property at 529 Eat Branch Street in Arroyo Grande.
Summing everything up, I asked Dr. Vass if he thought Kristin is, or was ever, located on Susan Flores' property. Here s his response:
"All I know is that there is a comparable sample match in that location"
I have no way to confirm this so know ahead of time that all that is happening here is that I am sharing with you a conversation I had with an FBI Agent close to this case. This phone call took place back over 10 years ago.
One day, while on the phone with him, he told me that there was concrete poured in the Flores' yard the same weekend that Kristin disappeared.
I have no idea how he was able to know that, but he did say that to me.
I met the Smart's during the first week of December in 1997. I remember them telling me this story as they were bringing me up to speed on Kristin's case.
Identify and Polygraph
Unfortunately, here is where we are at:
Identify and Polygraph
Below is an excerpt from The California Register recounting the search by Buster the cadaver dog back in 2014. The image you see is at the property NEXT DOOR to Susan Flores' yard at 529 East Branch Street.
They were next door because they did not have permission from Flores to search her yard.
Look carefully to see BUSTER laying down in the shade of the lemon tree next to the concrete block wall. BUSTER plopped down to “claim” that spot as being on top of or next to a decaying human body. Kristin’s body is believed to be just on the other side of the block wall, two to three feet down encased in concrete.
A Timeline Reminder:
He did so without a warrant and was only allowed access to one small portion of Susan Flores' backyard. (The rest of the yard was 'off-limits'.)
Kristin was not found.
I spoke with that agent a day or two later and he told me that he still thinks Kristin may be buried there but that he only had permission to dig in one small portion of the yard.
That was 11 years ago.
Keep in mind - the only reason the agent went back to Susan Flores' yard is because of his disappointment over the Sheriff's effort 7 years earlier.
**This FBI Agent does not want his name posted. When he went to the property in 2007, he did so with the understanding that he was doing it on his own time, on his day off and NOT in anyway associated with official FBI business.
The Los Angeles Times story about Kristin Smart: by Peter King
This article is a bit long but everyone should read this at least once in their life. Written by Peter King, it appeared in the Los Angeles Times about 10 years after Kristin vanished.
Peter knows how to write a story and he basically puts the reader in a 'time machine' and takes you back to May of 1996 and the night Kristin vanished.
Very thorough and very well written.
Watch this short 2 minute video about Buster the cadaver dog. In 2014 Buster was taken to the 'next-door property line' of Susan Flores' home at 529 East Branch Street in Arroyo Grande.
Buster alerted to the presence of human remains four separate times. This was the same location that the June 2000 search warrant says that:
"Reasonable cause exists to believe that Kristin Smart's body is buried in the back yard of 529 East Branch Street."
Undersheriff Steve Bolts
I forget the year - bit it was probably 2002. I met with SLO Undersheriff Steve Bolts in his office at the Sheriff's Department. I asked him 'why' the backyard was not dug up during the June 20th, 2000 search warrant at Susan Flores' house.
'We took a vote, Dennis", he said. "I voted in favor of it but I was outvoted'.
Later, I shared the Undersheriff's response with an FBI agent close to Kristin's case and he blew a gasket. He was literally furious.
Another FBI Agent, Jack Schafer, would later send me an email describing the Sheriff's Department's effort that day as 'a lost opportunity'.
'Is' vs. 'might be'...
Here is an excerpt of the Search Warrant where FBI Agent Jack Schafer gets right to the point. As you can see - he uses the word 'is' and not 'might be' in describing his belief as to where Kristin is located.
A judge signed this warrant and even with all of this on the table, the SLO Sheriff's department decides not to dig up the yard.
I really wish this were not the case - but this really is what is happening.
In all fairness - there needs to be one qualifier here:
See for yourself. Here is the documentation of the warrant.
This is not the actual warrant. I have NEVER seen it. What this is is the work that FBI Agent Jack Schafer did in his preparation for the warrant. Agent Schafer turns his work over to the Sheriff's Department at which point they take it to a judge for his/her signature.
I presume that the Sheriff has the legal right to alter the language of this document BEFORE submitting it to the judge. They may have rewritten it to a point where the warrant no longer authorizes law enforcement to dig up the yard. That may have happened. I don't know.
If it did happen - they never mentioned it to Agent Schafer because he told me that the Sheriff's decision not to dig up the yard on June 20th, 2000 was 'a lost opportunity'.
The backyard has NEVER been dug up.
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In over 22 years, the single biggest misconception in Kristin's case is that Susan Flores' backyard has already been searched and cleared by the San Luis Obispo Sheriff's Department.
It has not.
That yard, located at 529 East Branch Street in Arroyo Grande, Ca remains to this day one of the 'glowing hot spots' that needs to be properly searched to look for Kristin, her personal effects and any other evidence related to her disappearance.
Not because we say so - but because a Search Warrant, signed by a judge, issued in June of 2000 says so.