Cal Poly San Luis Obispo News Archive pt4….library digging (1st batch)

This is pg.1 of the wire and transcript news I found at a local library. The Orange County Public Library (after visiting in person and restoring my account by paying off $10.52 in fines) I was able to access their version of lexis-nexis, called NewsBank…I found a grip of hard-to-find stories but quite a bit remains missing.

It’s a bummer man….

Where is the publisher of The mother of the woman who went missing at Cal Poly in 1998? What is the missing students name? What is her name? Where is she? Why can’t I find any info on this?
You’ll see what I did find (some relevant to the archive, some less so, the 1st story is almost irrelevant entirely).
YOU WON’T SEE WHAT I DID NOT FIND! heh…obviously…..*sigh*
NewsBank has options to display links to the stories, and I displayed them, but whether or not they would be accessible to you from my page is unknown, so I dumped all the text into this and other pages so YOU can see what I HAVE so far WHILE I continue to work on it’s relevancy, organization and presentation. For now:

avail :
This is a batch data dump “Cal Poly” “SLO” “suspicios “murder”
SOURCE:NewsBank, a less comprehensive version of lexis-nexis
Qeury = CAPSLO; Murder; 1900 1900
NUDE TEAM PHOTO WON’T APPEAR IN CALENDAR AS IS; San Jose Mercury News (CA); November 21, 1998
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***Data is parsed in pt1-pt3 for late use as source material***
***It has been cut for data mining and value******
***Wire copy is authorized****
San Jose Mercury News (CA) – November 21, 1998
Author: Mercury News Wire Services
The controversial nude photograph of the CalPoly-SanLuisObispo water polo club team will be made into a calendar after all, but only after it is digitally altered.
Matt Landre, club president, said university Recreational Sports officials agreed to the change Wednesday, a day after banning the picture.
Landre said the original photo, which features 22 team members wearing nothing but their caps and holding strategically placed water polo balls, will be altered by a graphic artist, who will draw in swimsuits on a few players. Most of the players are already obscured by the water polo balls and do not require any further coverage.
The club team intended to publish the photo in a calendar to raise money for its trip this month to the national club championships, and hopes to have the new version available by Thanksgiving.
Memo: State News in Brief
Search continues for CalPoly student
Ventura County Star (CA) – November 20, 1998Browse Issues
Author: The Associated Press
Readability: 9-12 grade level (Lexile: 1150)
#SAN LUIS OBISPO (AP) — Police on Thursday searched for a female student from CalPolySanLuisObispo who vanished a week ago after a night of drinking the second woman from the campus to disappear in just more than two years.
The family of 20-year-old Rachel Newhouse of Irvine is offering a $10000 reward for information leading to her whereabouts and the FBI has joined the criminal investigation police said.
Newhouse a junior studying nutrition vanished Nov. 12 after a night of drinking that ended at a fraternity party at a downtown restaurant and bar police said.
Thursday police started searching the Cold Canyon Landfill on the southern edge of town SanLuis police Capt. Bart Topham said in a statement.
He said searching the dump was a “precautionary measure” and did not result from a “specific lead from the investigation.” The search could take several days he said.
Over the weekend Newhouse’s family and friends walked possible routes she might have taken searching for any clues. Helicopters and police dogs joined them.
Topham said investigators were continuing to identify and interview people known to have been in the vicinity of Tortilla Flats that night.
“A considerable number of interviews have been conducted but we have many more do to” Topham said.
The FBI is developing a tracking system to help police manage the huge volume of information that is being gathered in the investigation he said.
Topham denied there is any link between Newhouse’s disappearance and that of a 19-year-old CalPoly student last seen Memorial Day weekend 1996 at a campus party.
Students residents and police are still baffled by the disappearance of Kristin Smart. The Stockton woman has never been found.
Topham refused to say whether police have any suspects in Newhouse’s case. He said test results from blood found on a bridge railing will not be available until next week.
The bridge is considered one of the possible routes Newhouse may have taken if she was walking home from the Tortilla Flats restaurant Topham said.
Newhouse has attended CalPoly since September 1996 after graduating from Irvine High School.
Newhouse’s uncle Peter Morreale of Riverside said his niece had been drinking at the party with about 200 other people. She had gone there with friends. At some point she was asked for identification to prove her age and she left he said.
“No one’s seen her since” Morreale said.
LAW CLARIFIES JURISDICTION OF CAMPUS POLICE; Contra Costa Times (Walnut Creek, CA); August 12, 1998
Edition: Ventura
Section: News
Contra Costa Times (Walnut Creek, CA) – August 12, 1998Browse Issues
Readability: >12 grade level (Lexile: 1320)
SACRAMENTO Legislation designed to improve coordination between campus cops and other law enforcement agencies has been signed into law.
The measure by Sen. Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena, was prompted by the disappearance of Kristin Smart, a CalPoly-SanLuisObispo student who vanished in May 1996.
Smart’s parents have accused campus police of mishandling the investigation of their daughter’s disappearance and ignoring their pleas to hand over the case to a more experienced agency.
Thompson’s bill requires California colleges and universities to sign agreements with their local law enforcement agencies to stipulate the procedures that will be used in investigating violent campus crimes.
Scripps Howard News Service – January 4, 1997Browse Issues
Author: PETER HECHT, Scripps-McClatchy Western Service
Readability: 10-12 grade level (Lexile: 1200)
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Each time the young man suspected in Kristin Smart’s disappearance – and apparent killing – gets a new job, he is followed by more batches of cards, letters and phone calls.
Scores of Smart family supporters send his employers news clippings, in which San Luis Obispo County authorities identify former student Paul Flores as the only suspect in the tragic mystery of the Stockton girl who vanished May 25, 1996 from CalPoly San Luis Obispo.
He once tried to join the Navy, but after a flurry of calls the Navy said never mind. He moved to Southern California, went to work for a video store, a restaurant and a fast food joint – only to be dismissed each time when word of the unsolved saga chased him down.
This is the life of the young man last seen with Kristin – a tall, sandy-haired woman of 19 who competed in soccer and swimming, who romanticized over world travels and someday dressing in peach for her wedding. Despite numerous searches, Kristin’s body was never found.
In a search warrant affidavit, San Luis Obispo County sheriff’s detective Henry Stewart said he believes Flores “is responsible for or has direct knowledge of her disappearance.” He added: “I also believe Kristin Smart is deceased and either died in Paul Flores’ dormitory room or was placed there for an unknown period of time.”
Flores, who was also 19 and a fellow CalPoly freshman when she vanished, has never been charged. Authorities say they lack sufficient evidence.
Greg Coates, an attorney representing Flores, denies his client is responsible and said earlier this year that Flores “had nothing to do with the disappearance of Kristin Smart.” Yet Flores is unable to hide from his accusers.
This is also the continuing torment for the Smart family, her parents Stan and Denise, and a legion of friends and supporters who are convinced Flores killed Kristin, buried her body and hid the truth.
Last November Flores, who had shown up with a black eye the day after promising to walk Kristin to her dorm following a campus-area party, repeatedly invoked the 5th Amendment in a deposition for the lawsuit filed by the Smart family.
The Smarts have raided college funds for their other children, Matt and Lindsey, spending $50,000 on attorneys, private investigators and other resources in a quest to find Kristin, justice and peace.
The unsolved Kristin Smart case – which spurred a $50,000 reward fund by Gov. Pete Wilson and national coverage on programs from “Geraldo” to “Unsolved Mysteries” – continues to stir calls for greater safety on California campuses.
Kristin’s case was a centerpiece topic in a recent Capitol hearing on campus safety. Allegations that CalPoly police failed to take her disappearance seriously and bungled the case in crucial early days are prompting calls for new laws governing investigations of crimes on campus.
“There’s no question about it. There were errors made in the beginning,” said state Sen. Mike Thompson, D-Helena, who said he wants stronger policies enabling outside agencies to intervene in cases of missing students or serious crimes on campus.
Kristin’s roommate called CalPoly police and attempted to file a missing persons report after she didn’t return following the party. But the campus police didn’t act until a few days later. They told the Smart family she had probably run off for the long Memorial Day weekend.
Nearly five weeks passed before the 14-officer CalPoly force agreed to let the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department join in the investigation of a suspected homicide. By then, Stan and Denise Smart – whose persistent pleas for outside intervention included calls to the governor’s office and the university president – complained that key time and evidence had been lost.
According to campus police interviews, witnesses said Kristin and Flores were at the same party and that Kristin had appeared intoxicated and was having difficulty walking as she headed back to her dorm at 2 a.m. May 25.
A witness said Flores volunteered to walk Kristin and another young woman back to their room, according to a campus police report. The other woman told police that as she parted company with the two, Flores asked her for a kiss and a hug. The other woman refused the overture.
She said Flores and Kristin then continued walking toward CalPoly’s Sequoia Hall. It was the last time Kristin was seen.
Five days after the party, two CalPoly police investigators asked Flores during a tape recorded interview why he had a black eye. He told them he got elbowed during a basketball game on Memorial day. When authorities interviewed other participants in the game, they said Flores showed up with the injury.
According to documents obtained by The Sacramento Bee, a close friend of Flores later told San Luis Obispo County district attorney’s investigators that Flores told him, “I don’t know how I got the black eye – I just woke up with it.” Asked by his friend why he made up the story about the basketball game, Flores answered: “It would have sounded stupid if I didn’t know how it happened.”
Flores then later told district attorney’s investigators that he injured his eye while working on his truck, according to the investigative report.
Ten days after Kristin was last seen, campus police secured her dorm room. Five days after that, they secured Paul Flores’ room. He already had moved out, clearing out his belongings.
On June 29, more than one month after Kristin vanished, a team of search dogs trained to detect human remains was dispatched by the Sheriff’s Department. The dogs suddenly reacted to a mattress in the third dorm they checked in CalPoly’s Santa Lucia Hall. It was Paul Flores’ room.
“It was very significant,” said San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Ed Williams. “I’ve been told by experts that these dogs are extremely accurate. But I’d hate for my future to be determined by the nose of a dog.”
Attorney Coates is representing Flores and his parents in the Smart’s civil case – a $40 million suit that also named CalPoly San Luis Obispo as a defendant. He said Flores “was interviewed at length” by authorities in 1996 and was under no obligation to come forward again. He declined further comment about the case.
Meanwhile, Debbi Schmidt, an airline customer relations manager in Texas, picks up the phone whenever she hears the suspect has a new job. “I will call until I’m blue in the face every person whom I find out he’s working for,” she says.
Schmidt met Denise Smart after Smart called the airline, asking if it could reschedule a prepaid flight to the Atlanta Olympics for her husband and son because they had been out searching for Kristin.
It was an emotionally wrenching union: Schmidt’s son Richard, who had stopped to help a motorist in Colorado, was missing for 153 days before they found his body. A suspect was later tried and convicted.
“I was blessed that they found my son’s body,” she says. “Denise is stuck in a time warp. Her child is missing. She can’t move. And no one can share what she’s feeling.”
The Flores family is being bombarded with mail. “The Smarts are good, kind people,” read one letter that returned unopened. “End their trauma. Let the healing begin. Please urge Paul to cooperate.”
The letter, written by someone the Smart family doesn’t know, was part of a foot-high stack of mail sent to the Flores household. The mail was put in a hefty envelope and forwarded to the Smarts. Someone inserted a handwritten note: “Thanks for all your time. The post office likes it.”
Denise Smart believes her daughter was murdered, and then defamed by the investigation that followed. She believes police punished Kristin – blaming her for her disappearance much like blaming a rape victim for the actions of her attacker.
Six days after Kristin vanished, one CalPoly officer’s report noted Kristin had “appeared under the influence of alcohol” and “was not conforming to typical teenage behavior.” He added: “These observations in no way imply that her behavior caused her disappearance.”
CalPoly Police Chief Tom Mitchell defends his department’s handling of the investigation. Otherwise, CalPoly police refer questions to the sheriff’s department. San Louis Obispo Sheriff Ed Williams said his department has conducted hundreds of interviews – and received help from FBI profilers – but that officially it is only assisting the campus police.
“Kristin deserves what every other child, what every person on this planet deserves,” says her mother, who wonders if anyone is taking responsibility for finding her. “She deserves to be put to rest – and honored – before those who love her. There is no opportunity to do this. You can’t move on. Time is not a healer.”
Memo: (Peter Hecht writes for the Sacramento Bee in California.)
Section: Scripps Howard News Service National/Health Science Technology
Record: 9801050161
Copyright: Copyright (c) 1997 Scripps Howard News Service
Kristin Smart: Missing since 1996
News & Politics Examiner (USA) – February 6, 2011Browse Issues
Author: Jerrie Dean
Readability: 9-12 grade level (Lexile: 1110)
The following story began as a way to inform my readers of the disappearance of Kristin Smart, but this story has so much more to it, that it could not be told in one article. I have separated it in to 4 parts. I want to thank Denise Smart, Kristin’s mother and Dennis Mahon for talking to me.
Kristin Smart – The day of her disappearance
Kristin Smart was finishing up her freshman year at California Polytechnic State University (aka Cal Poly), where she was majoring in architecture. Kristin was a beautiful 19-year-old young woman, with long dark blonde hair and brown eyes. She was statuesque at 6’1″ and 145 pounds. On Memorial Day weekend, 1996, Kristin went to a party off campus on Crandall Way in San Luis Obispo, Calif. Witnesses at the party said that Kristin was acting drunk and was having trouble walking.
Around 2:00 a.m., most of the guests had left, Tim Davis found Kristin laying on the lawn of the house next door. Cheryl Anderson who had lost track of her friends, started talking with Davis and they decided to walk together back to the dorms, taking Kristin with them.
Anderson, Davis and Kristin began walking when Paul Flores joined them. Paul Flores had been seen at the party earlier that night. About 100 yards from the dorm, Davis who was heading in a different direction separated from the group. A little farther along, Anderson separated from Kristin and Flores as she needed to go in a different direction towards the Sierra Madre dorms. Anderson said she saw Flores walking Kristin up the street towards the Santa Lucia and Muir Hall dorms as she turned and walked towards her dorm.
There has been a difference of opinion on what happened that night. Kristin’s family believe that Anderson and Davis know more than what they are saying.
“Our family is concerned that they hold a secret, one that may not lead directly to our daughter, but would lead to a better understanding of the events of that night,” said Denise Smart, Kristin’s mother. “Keeping that secret when they were 18-19 was one thing, but 15 years later, we would hope that they understand the cost to our family.”
Very early that morning, Kristin’s roommate contacted the police when she didn’t come back to her room at the dorm. At first the police thought she was probably off somewhere, because of the long school break, but after several days, they began the investigation into her whereabouts by calling Kristin’s parents.
No one knew where Kristin was. The Cal Poly police began their search for her.
Fresno Bee, The (CA) – April 24, 1999Browse Issues
Readability: 6-8 grade level (Lexile: 1030)
The strand of hope that a young Clovis woman missing for six weeks might be alive was slashed Friday when police announced they had discovered human remains at the home of a convicted rapist they say is responsible for the slayings of the woman and another college student.
Rex Allen Krebs, 33, of Avila Beach is the prime suspect in the deaths of Aundria Crawford of Clovis and Rachel Newhouse of Irvine, San Luis Obispo police Capt. Bart Topham said. Krebs, who is not charged in the slayings, has been jailed on a parole violation since March 20.
The body was found Friday afternoon on property rented by Krebs in a remote canyon south of San Luis Obispo. Authorities would not say whether the victim was male or female.
At a news conference, Topham repeatedly deflected questions as to why police felt Krebs was the lone suspect in both students’ deaths when only one body had been found.
“When we have completed all of our crime scene work, we will be able to discuss more information,” Topham said. “Our focus must remain the successful conclusion and prosecution of this case.”
Crawford, 20, was attending Cuesta College when she vanished from her home March 12. Newhouse, a 21-year-old student at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, disappeared Nov. 12, 1998.
The 5-foot 6-inch, 170-pound Krebs became a target of the investigation shortly after he was arrested for parole violations that included possession of a simulated firearm, believed to be a BB gun.
The families of Crawford and Newhouse could not be reached to comment Friday. Police summoned them to San Luis Obispo on Thursday afternoon.
However, Krebs’ mother was stunned by the news that her son was the one and only suspect in the students’ deaths.
“h, God. Oh, God. Why? Why? Why?” Connie Ridley said from her home in Sand Point, Idaho. “Why the hell did he do this? I know he’s been in trouble, but I never figured he’d ever do this.
“I’m so sorry, so sorry for the families, for the girls,” said Ridley, 53. “If there was something that I could do for them, I would.”
Krebs served 10 years in California state prisons, most of it in Soledad, for two violent 1987 rapes in south San Luis Obispo County. He was paroled in 1997 and went back to his native Idaho for a short time before returning to the San Luis Obispo area.
Police said Krebs is not a suspect in the May 1996 disappearance of CalPolystudent Kristin Smart, 19, because she vanished when Krebs was in Soledad.
riday morning, before she learned a body was found on his property, Ridley said she was confident her son was not the killer.
“Things are going so good for him,” she said. “He has a new girlfriend with a baby on the way. He just got a new truck. He has his own place. He has a good job. Why would he screw up?”
Crawford was born in Pasco, Wash., to Gail and James Eberhart. Her parents divorced when she was 6 months old, and her mother raised her in Fresno.
She went to Bullard High before transferring her senior year. She graduated from Fresno Unified’s ReStart independent-study program. She spent one year at Fresno City College.
Jeffrey Hopkins, now at Fresno High, was one of her favorite teachers during her days at Bullard.
Crawford sought out Hopkins for a letter of recommendation before heading to school on the coast.
Hopkins said he gladly wrote the letter.
“She was committed to drafting and engineering,” said Hopkins, who had Crawford as a student in computer-aided drafting and architecture classes.
Hopkins recalled that Crawford was “fairly athletic, quiet, but not shy. She’d fight back.”
News that Krebs was the prime suspect in the slayings brought relief to many in this college town, which often makes lists of the best small cities in the United States.
“I know I felt better knowing they arrested somebody,” said Christine Smith, who works full-time in a medical-billing job, but often attends night classes at Cuesta College. “I grew up in Fresno and Fresno makes this place seem like Disneyland. But for the last few months, it’s been scary around here.”
At the Gaslight Saloon east of San Luis Obispo where Krebs occasionally stopped, the owner said the suspect was “very polite and quiet.”
“He’d come in maybe once or twice a week, have a beer and go,” Gaylynne Balesteros said. “Then a couple months ago, he stopped coming around.”
Rex Allen Krebs was born Jan. 28, 1966, in Idaho. His mother, who has since remarried, said life was rough because her ex-husband, Al Krebs, would often hit the young boy.
“One time my brother was playing around with my son when he was about 7 years old, Rex fell on his butt and he started crying really loud,” recalled Ridley, who separated from her husband when Krebs was 3. “My brother took him into the bathroom and pulled down his pants and his butt and back were all black and blue.”
Attempts to reach Al Krebs in Idaho were unsuccessful.
Ridley said that at age 13, her son attacked a girl at a movie theater in Sand Point. The attack landed him in juvenile hall, she said.
“Most of his schooling, his education, Rex got behind bars,” his mother said.
In 1984, when Krebs was 17, he was convicted of grand theft for stealing a Jeep. He served 20 months in prison. When he got out he moved to California to live in Grover City with his mom and her new husband.
Krebs got a job at a fast-food restaurant, then upgraded to a job installing garage doors. He bought a 1965 Volkswagen bug. He had a girlfriend. He fixed up his mother’s garage, turning it into his apartment. It was the best time of Krebs’ life, his mother believes.
Then he raped two women. The incidents occurred in May and July of 1987. In the first case, he threatened his victim with a knife. In the second, it was a screwdriver.
At the sentencing for both rapes, a San Luis Obispo County judge gave him a long lecture.

Superior Court Judge William B. Fredman told Krebs, who was 20 at the time, on Oct. 26, 1987: “You are going to be in prison for a substantial period of time [he served 10 years] . . .”
The judge recommended some group therapy sessions available to prisoners.

“I strongly hope,” Fredman said, “that you take advantage and resolve when you do get out you can lead a life of a good citizen and not offend again.”
* Bee staff writer Donald E. Coleman contributed to this report
Caption: Aundria Crawford Rex Krebs JAYSON MELLOM – SAN LUIS OBISPO TELEGRAPH-TRIBUNE Investigators announced they discovered human remains at the rural house where Rex Krebs lives near Avila Beach. THE FRESNO BEE Map. Body found. Authorities investigating the disappearance of Aundria Crawford and Rachel Newhouse said Friday they had found human remains in a canyon south of San Luis Obispo.
Copyright: Copyright (c) 1999 The Fresno Bee
Fresno Bee, The (CA) – April 23, 1999Browse Issues
Readability: 9-12 grade level (Lexile: 1120)
A convicted rapist is a prime suspect in the disappearance of former Fresno resident Aundria Lynn Crawford, a Cuesta College studentmissing since March, the San Luis Obispo Police Department reported Thursday.
Rex Allan Krebs, 33, is being held in San Luis Obispo County Jail on a parole violation, police Capt. Bart Topham said. Krebs has not been charged with murder but is being questioned about the disappearance of Crawford, as well as that of another college student, Rachel Newhouse, Topham said.
Police declined to say what Krebs did to violate parole.
Thursday, a force that included police and sheriff’s detectives, the FBI and state parole agents searched the area around Davis Canyon Road south of San Luis Obispo, where Krebs reportedly last lived.
The disappearances of Crawford and Newhouse and that of Kristin Smart, have terrified the community of 43,000. More than 100 students – and a half-dozen parents – have sought counseling offered by Cuesta. Smart, another CalPolystudent, was last seen May 25, 1996.
Authorities say Krebs has a violent history, including attacks on two women in 1987.
In the first case, Krebs followed a woman from a restaurant to her Oceano home May 24 and broke into her home, according to the San Luis Obispo County Telegram-Tribune.
The 21-year-old victim told police she awoke to find Krebs holding a butcher knife over her throat and telling her he would kill her if she screamed, the newspaper reported.
He asked the woman whether her kitchen knives were sharp enough to cut her throat, she told police. When she said she didn’t know, he pulled out a hunting knife. He then cut off her pajamas and raped her, according to court records.
Afterward, he hog-tied her and said “have a nice day” before leaving, the newspaper reported.
In the second case, a 30-year-old woman with her 7-year-old daughter sleeping beside her was attacked in an Arroyo Grande apartment July 15.
She said Krebs burst into her home, jumped on her bed and threatened her with a screwdriver, the newspaper reported.
She said she struggled with him, took a knife from his belt and tried to stab him. As she stabbed him, he bit her right hand, severing the tendon on one finger. The woman said Krebs beat her, but she was able to run away and get help.
Police later arrested Krebs after he was recognized as a worker at a construction site next to the woman’s apartment complex.
In October 1987, he pleaded no contest to rape, sodomy, assault with the intent to commit rape and three burglaries, the newspaper reported. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Krebs, a garage door hanger, had been paroled to Grover City from Idaho in March, the newspaper reported.
Caption: Aundria Crawford
Angels player offers $50,000 reward – Calpolystudent: Family hopes extra money will spark leads in disappearance.
Ventura County Star (CA) – November 21, 1998Browse Issues
Author: The Associated Press
Readability: 10-12 grade level (Lexile: 1180)
SAN LUIS OBISPO (AP) — The family of a missing California Polytechnic State University student hopes a $50000 reward offered by Anaheim Angels center fielder Jim Edmonds and his agent will spur new leads in the case.
Rachel Newhouse 20 of Irvine vanished more than a week ago after leaving an off-campus bar apparently intending to walk the two miles home because she didn’t have her car.
The offer by Edmonds and sports agent Dwight Manley makes a total of $60000 offered in the case. Her family is offering $10000.
Stephanie Morreale Newhouse’s aunt said Friday the family hopes Edmonds’ prominence and the amount of the reward will spur new leads.
“We’re taken aback” Morreale said. “It’s just a wonderful generous offer. It can only help. E The fact that it’s him (Edmonds) and he’s such a well-loved sports figure it might open the eyes of someone who might not be looking.”
In a letter sent to the family Edmonds and his agent said they are also Orange County residents and that everyone needs to realize Newhouse could be someone they know Morreale said.
Newhouse is the second student in two years to disappear from CalPoly San Luis Obispo 150 miles northwest of Los Angeles. Kristin Smart 19 of Stockton was never found after last being seen at a 1996 Memorial Day weekend campus party.
Newhouse a junior studying nutrition vanished Nov. 12 after attending a fraternity party at a downtown restaurant and bar police said.
Police have declined to say whether there are any suspects in Newhouse’s case.
Athlete posts reward for the safe return of missingstudent – CRIME: The family suspects that the 20-year-old CalPolystudent from Irvine was kidnapped.
Orange County Register, The (Santa Ana, CA) (Published as The Orange County Register) – November 20, 1998Browse Issues
Author: BRUCE MURRAY; The Orange County Register
Anaheim Angels center fielder Jim Edmonds and his agent are offering $50,000 for information leading to the safe return of an Irvine High School graduate and CalPoly San Luis Obispo studentmissing for a week.
Rachel Newhouse, 20, has been missing since about midnight Nov. 12, when she was last seen leaving a fraternity-sorority party at a Mexican restaurant in San Luis Obispo.
She left alone and did not have her car that night, witnesses at the restaurant told police. Newhouse, who had been drinking with others at the party, apparently intended to walk home – about two miles from the restaurant.
“We are worried sick about her, and we’re just praying,” said Peter Morreale, an uncle and family spokesman.
Newhouse’s parents, Irvine residents Phillip and Montel Newhouse, are in San Luis Obispo. Family members are also offering a $10,000 reward for their daughter’s return.
an Luis Obispo police said Tuesday they had shifted their focus from a missing-person case to a criminal investigation. Police would not specify the type of crime they are considering.
orreale said the circumstances of the situation are clearly that of a kidnapping.
“It’s pretty easy to figure out what kind of crime we’re dealing with,” he said.
Kathy McNutt, a student at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, who graduated from Irvine High with Newhouse in 1996, and another friend, Andrea West, also from Irvine, said Newhouse did not have a boyfriend. They said it would be out of character for her to run off with someone or just leave without telling anyone.
“I talked to her at least once a day, so it’s very odd that she wouldn’t have called,” West said. “It just seems so unreal what’s happening.”
“We have been friends for a long time,” said McNutt. “This is horrible.”
In a news release, Edmonds and sports agent Dwight Manley said they are “deeply concerned about the safety of our children and young adults. ” The reward money is for any information leading to the return of Newhouse and arrest of her possible abductor.
Newhouse is described as 5 feet 6 inches tall, 120 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.
Anyone with information on Newhouse should call San Luis Obispo police at (805) 781-7317.
Caption: BLACK & WHITE PHOTO RACHEL NEWHOUSE: Last seen leaving a party at a Mexican restaurant in San Luis Obispo.
Ledger Dispatch (CA) – November 14, 1997Browse Issues
SACRAMENTO University of California and California State University police chiefs say their officers are well-trained and don’t hesitate to call for help from other law enforcement agencies when they need it.
But the parents of a missingCalPoly-San Luis Obispo student told a state Senate committee Thursday that police on that campus mishandled their daughter’s disappearance.
“The message that we received for a month was comparable to the situation (that would exist) if our daughter’s bicycle had been stolen,” Denise Smart told the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee.

“Our ongoing pleas to have this case handed over to an experienced investigative agency were repeatedly rejected.”
Kristin Smart, a 19-year-old freshman from Stockton, disappeared in May 1996 after attending a fraternity party
Denise Smart said campus police initially took a “let’s-wait-and-see” attitude, suggesting that Kristin had run away or merely left for the long Memorial Day weekend without telling her parents or friends.
But Smart said she knew better, because her daughter’s makeup was still in her dorm room.
“She loved her makeup,” Smart said. “When the girls told me that the makeup was in the room I said, No way.’ But no one would listen.”
Smart said the investigation “continues to be a case without a lead agency. The San Luis Obispo sheriff’s department advises us that they are merely assisting the university, while CalPoly insists that the case was turned over to the sheriff . . . Who is in charge?”
Officers have questioned a male student about Kristin’s disappearance, but no arrest has been made.
No one from CalPoly testified at the hearing, but campus officials released a statement saying that the school’s Public Safety Department had, “since the inception of this case, worked cooperatively with other law enforcement agencies that have expressed confidence in Public Safety’s handling of those aspects of the investigation in which it has been involved.

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