The household of a California school pupil who vanished practically three many years in the past sued the college, alleging it precipitated Kristin Good’s homicide by way of negligence.
Good, then 19, disappeared from California Polytechnic State College in San Luis Obispo on the state’s scenic Central Coast over Memorial Day weekend in 1996. Her stays have by no means been discovered, however she was declared legally lifeless in 2002.
Paul Flores was arrested in 2021, convicted of first-degree homicide in 2022 and sentenced final 12 months to 25 years to life in state jail.
Prosecutors say Flores killed Good throughout an tried rape on Could 25, 1996, in his dorm room on the college, the place they had been each first-year college students. He was the final individual seen with Good as he walked dwelling together with her from an off-campus get together.
Good’s dad and mom, brother and sister sued the college for wrongful dying and negligence, alleging that officers might have prevented her dying if that they had correctly handled college police stories filed by 4 different feminine college students. These college students stated Flores had stalked and harassed them within the months main as much as Good’s disappearance.
In a single case, Flores allegedly tried to interrupt right into a pupil’s house, in response to the lawsuit.
The stories ought to have prompted the college to analyze, and droop or expel Flores, eradicating him from on-campus housing and sending him again dwelling “miles away from Kristin and the dorm room the place he murdered her,” the lawsuit stated.
“Had the college acted correctly, performed an intensive investigation into Flores’ previous regarding conduct, and carried out applicable disciplinary measures, Kristin would possible nonetheless be alive right this moment. As a substitute, our household has been left to grieve her absence for 27 agonizing years,” a household assertion stated.
The swimsuit additionally contends that the college didn’t pursue a correct and well timed investigation into Good’s disappearance, together with failing to seal Flores’ dorm room and permitting it to be cleaned earlier than it was lastly searched 16 days after Good vanished.
In an electronic mail, Cal Poly spokesperson Matt Lazier stated the college had no remark as a result of “it is a pending authorized matter.”
Nonetheless, final Could, college President Jeffrey Armstrong publicly apologized to the household for the way it dealt with the investigation into her disappearance.
“Whereas it’s a totally different administration now than was in place in 1996, we acknowledge that issues ought to had been carried out otherwise — and I personally want that that they had,” he stated.
The household solely realized Cal Poly’s alleged negligence after that apology as a result of kin didn’t have any entry to the college’s investigative file, in response to the lawsuit.
“Even now, the Good household nonetheless doesn’t know what data, within the possession of Cal Poly’s president, and uniquely obtainable to him and or Cal Poly, led him to make the apology,” the swimsuit stated.
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