"I can tell you that those items were found both inside the homes and also outside the homes", said Tony Cipolla, San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office public information officer.
Investigators have yet to find Kristin Smart's body.
A spokesman for the Smart family said "this is an extremely emotional day" and they would issue a statement later in the afternoon. "We intend to use evidence of other sexual crimes to prove the (case)".
The criminal charges include a disclosure that prosecutors intend to admit evidence of prior sexual acts by Paul Flores. Parkinson said the podcast led investigators to a witness in 2019 who was not previously interviewed.
"No-body homicides are obviously complicated and hard", Dow said.More news: Ontario schools to switch to remote learning after spring break
"The news today of the arrests in connection with the case bring sadness but also a measure of relief and hope for resolution", Armstrong said. Online jail records indicate that the 80-year-old was taken in just before 10 a.m. Tuesday and is being held at the San Luis Obispo County jail.
Dorothy Autrey's grandson killed her in her Cayucos home in 2008, then stuffed her into a suitcase and dumped it over a guardrail north of Ragged Point.
Matthew Levine was sentenced in 2009 to at least 25 years in prison for murdering his grandmother. "She was never forgotten here, and many, many of us have closely followed this case for decades". Dow added that the statute of limitation for rape has expired, but the allegations that rape was committed or the attempt of rape is the basis for filing a felony murder charge.
"We don't have evidence to charge anyone else at this time", such as Paul Flores' mother, Susan Flores, Dow said. Their cases have since been turned over to the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney's Office for review.
Asked about how Smart likely died, he said, "I can't talk about the manner of death". Physical evidence was gathered in subsequent searches of the homes of Flores family members, including evidence found in March at Ruben Flores's home that was linked to Smart, according to the sheriff.More news: COVID cases surge in Ontario as province logs record high of 4,456
Another District Attorney's Office official, deputy district attorney Chris Peuvrelle, responded to a question about the bail amount for Ruben Flores, saying said he believes the office will ask higher bail in the future.
Smart was last seen walking to her dormitory shortly before 2 a.m. on May 25, 1996.
Flores had nothing to say when arrested, Parkinson said.
San Luis Obispo Sheriff look at the results of ground penetrating radar as they search for the body of Kristen Smart in the backyard of Ruben Flores.
Officials have not said what if anything was found during that search.
Paul Flores has never officially been charged in her disappearance and he has always maintained his innocence.More news: China, S Korea wary of release of Fukushima treated water into sea