But even when the initial frenzy died down, the investigation was revisited frequently over the years. The most notable deep dive of recent times comes courtesy of the musician Chris LambertThe 2019-2020 Podcast my own backyardwhich seems to nod both to the crime’s proximity to where he grew up and to the authorities’ suspicions that Paul buried Christine near their home.
But the result was always the same frustrating dead end: Christine’s killer was there, and although it was no secret who the police suspected, no arrests or charges were made.
“Because of the inconsistency in his activities and the alleged activity during that period, we believe he knows more about what happened, and he is a suspect in her disappearance.” Bill Whamock The Director of the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department, examiner1998, referring to Paul Flores.
Christine was officially declared dead in 2002. Brian Hascall called a pole “Active Suspect” and the Investigation is “Open and Active”.
talk to LA Times In 2006, ten years after Christine disappeared, Stan said: The question of where her daughter is and what happened to her is still open. ”
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