USA TODAY: STOCKTON, Calif. – Something may break soon in the case of Kristin Smart, the former Stockton resident and student at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, whose disappearance in 1996 remains unsolved, her family says.

Kristin’s mother, Denise Smart, said she recently was contacted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and told to be ready for a development that might bring closure to her more than 20-year nightmare. “Be ready. This is really going to be something you don’t expect. We want to give you the support you need,” Smart said she was told by authorities.

The FBI also suggested she secure a family spokesperson and that the family “might want to get away for a while,” Smart said. What the FBI didn’t tell her is when this development might be announced.

“It’s like, ‘Can you give me the flight plan?’” Smart said. “When is this happening?”

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