The parents of missing California college student Kristin Smart are suing the father of the man charged with her murder for his alleged role in hiding her body, it was revealed Friday.
Ruben Flores, 80 — dad of murder suspect Paul Flores, 44 — caused Stan and Denise Smart “severe emotional distress” when he allegedly dug up Smart’s remains under his deck in Arroyo Grande, Calif., according to a lawsuit cited by ABC News.
The elder Flores allegedly worked with two unnamed people “under cover of darkness” to move Smart’s body to an undisclosed location in San Luis Obispo County in February 2020, the suit states.
He’s accused of moving her remains to help his son get away with the alleged murder “should another search warrant be executed,” according to the lawsuit, filed Thursday in San Luis Obispo County Superior Court.
But hiding the body denied Smart — who is presumed dead after disappearing in 1996 —