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Contrary to recent reports, federal agents told The Chronicle on Wednesday that they did not tell the family of missing Cal Poly freshman Kristin Smart that a big break in the 23-year cold case was imminent.
The agency’s comments raise questions about whether an announcement is forthcoming in the cold case, as reported by several news outlets this week — including The Chronicle — after the missing woman’s mother was quoted in a Stockton Record news story saying that the FBI advised the family to prepare for a major development that would bring closure to the case.
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A spokesman for the family confirmed Wednesday that the person who advised Smart’s mother, Denise, was not an active FBI agent.
“To clarify, the Stockton Record news story was based on a conversation between the Smart family and a former FBI agent,” said family spokesman John Segale. “The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office is leading the investigation and will notify all of us when there is official news to announce.”
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The FBI would not comment on whether an announcement in the case is actually impending.
“The FBI is not aware of any details being made public in this ongoing case,” said Laura Eimiller, a spokeswoman with the Los Angeles FBI office. She declined to comment further, other than to say federal investigators continue to assist the San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s Office in their probe of the college student’s 1996 disappearance that drew national headlines.
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Segale declined to identify the former federal agent or explain his connection to...
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