Kristin Smart case: Paul Flores charged with murder in California student’s 1996 disappearance.

Smart vanished nearly 25 years ago while walking to her campus dorm

Paul Flores, who had been a prime suspect for more than two decades in the California disappearance of Kristin Smart but was only arrested Tuesday, has been charged with murder and booked into jail.

Minutes after KSBY reporter Brooke Martell mentioned the single murder charge on Twitter, the San Luis Obispo County Jail’s website briefly crashed.

County records show Flores had been booked into the facility just after noon local time.

Kristin Smart who disappeared in 1996 and Paul Flores, prime suspect in the disappearance, appearing in Superior Court in Torrance with his attorney in 2006. (AP/Getty Images)

He was arrested early in the day in San Pedro by San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s Office deputies.

Paul Flores’ father, 80-year-old Ruben Flores, was arrested as an accessory at his Arroyo Grande home.

Smart was a 19-year-old student at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo when she went missing in 1996. Flores, who at the time was also a student there, is believed to have been the last person seen with her before she went missing on the way home from a party.

No further information available at this time.

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