California Polytechnic State University

FBI renews search for California student missing 20 years

An FBI team prepared Tuesday to excavate a site on the edge of California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, in hope of finding the remains of a student who vanished more than 20 years ago.

Kristin Smart, 19, of Stockton, was last seen in the early morning of May 25, 1996, while returning to her dorm after a party near the campus in the Central Coast region midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles.

At the time, another student told authorities he left Smart near her dormitory after they and another female student walked back.

"We're not sure where this is going to take us," San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Ian Parkinson told a press...