Press Releases

Friday 09/09/2016 7:04 PM - Excavation Update

Contact: Tony Cipolla
Phone: (805) 781-4547
Type of Incident: Excavation Update
Date and Time of Incident: 9-9-16, Approximately 6:30 PM
Place of Occurrence: Cal Poly State University Campus
Victim Information: N/A
Suspect Information: N/A
Details of News Release: The Sheriff’s Office is announcing the FBI has concluded its excavation project on the Cal Poly campus. The purpose of the excavation was to determine if the remains of Kristin Smart or other evidence were buried on that property. Kristin is the Cal Poly student who went missing in May, 1996. On 9-6-16, the FBI’s Evidence Recovery Team began excavating three sites on a hillside near the Cal Poly “P” landmark. Items of interest were found at all three sites. Those items are now being further analyzed to determine if they are related to the Kristin Smart investigation. This is an involved process using forensic anthropologists and other experts and we may not know the results for days or weeks. While the Sheriff’s Office is hopeful these findings will be beneficial to the investigation, we urge the public to be patient throughout this process. The Sheriff’s Office will not be releasing any further statements at this time.

Prepared By: tcipolla
Released: Friday 09/09/2016 7:17 PM