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Chris Lambert Investigates the Kristin Smart Case

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After realizing that very little information was known about the mysterious disappearance of Kristin Smart in 1996, Chris Lambert decides to investigate the unsolved case himself. Lambert's work on "Your Own Backyard" helped lead investigators to a potential site where Smart's body may have been stored for quite some time.
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in second grade, when a 19 year old cal poly student named Kristin Smart went missing as an eight year old, I really didn't know how to process that information except to be a little more afraid of kidnappers. When I was playing in my front yard, I was still trying to master tying my shoes with the O. J. Simpson trial, barely in the rear view mirror and a few months to go until the murder of jonbenet Ramsey, the Kristin Smart disappearance took center stage on our tv that summer, especially because it happened in our own community. Kristin smart christmas, smart Kristin Smart Kristin Smart Kristin smart christian smarten over the next few years. It's kind of just Smart stopped. Besides the occasional comparison to later missing persons cases, I didn't hear her name for a long time. In Arroyo Grande, about 18 miles north of me, there's a small strip of businesses on Branch Street that locals call the village, just across the street from a historic swinging bridge that spans the Arroyo grande Creek is a billboard faded from years of sunlight and recently setback between a couple of trees. It used to be more prominent, but it's easy to miss now unless you're really looking for it. Missing cal poly student Kristen d smart $75,000 reward. It wasn't something I thought of often, but driving past that billboard was a periodic reminder that, oh yeah, They still haven't found that girl. It's been 23 years now for the last four years, Kristen has been a missing person for longer than she was alive As many times as I've heard Kristen's name, I couldn't tell you a single thing about her. And when I started asking around last summer, I found that almost everyone I talked to remembered her name and her face from the billboard, but that was as much as they could tell me about her. Yeah, Several of them had her confused with Elizabeth Smart, a girl from Sandy Utah who was abducted from her bedroom in 2002 when she was just 14 years old, but was subsequently rescued a year later. What? And for various reasons, which I'll get into in later episodes. Quite a few people I asked thought that Kristen's body had already been found. There are people still living locally though, who have to know more. I'm just not sure how to find them. Mhm. I googled Kristin Smart's name every few years and I was never able to find much. There's a Wikipedia page, but it's short, rarely more than a few paragraphs and I never got a strong sense of the timeline of events in her disappearance, But then I happened upon a 5000 word article that ran in the Los Angeles Times on June 18 2006. Incidentally, 12 days after I had graduated from high school, an article I had somehow missed up until last summer, written by Peter H. King. It was the first in a series of true crime stories that he was commissioned to write for the paper. Last May. I had some free time, so I sat down to read it and spent two days poring over details that I had never heard before. Events that took place in locations I've driven by 1000 times and I was suddenly hooked and needed to know more.
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