H-SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY

May 8, 2013 1:20 AM by Connie Tran, KSBY News

Found Ohio women reminds of missing persons on the Central Coast

Cheers erupted in Cleveland, Ohio on Monday, following the discovery of three women who had been missing for 10 years. It was almost a reminder of others, who have also made the brave return back home, such as Elizabeth Smart and Jaycee Lee Dugard.

"I can't imagine what homecoming like that must be, missing somebody for so long, and wondering every day where they were," said Garin Sinclair, office manager for the James R. Murphy Law Corporation.

Sinclair, whose law firm represents the family of Kristin Smart, told KSBY on Tuesday, those happy endings have yet to come for everyone. Smart has been missing for 17 years. The Cal Poly freshman vanished in 1996.

Sinclair said, "You never give up on your children. You never give up on your friends or helping them find some type of peace. And so, we'll keep it going for as long as it takes to find out what happened to Kristin."

The law firm, which is based out of Arroyo Grande, keeps a tall sign in front of it's building that states "MISSING CAL POLY STUDENT, Kristin D. Smart" along with her photo. Sinclair said they've kept the sign up for more than 12 years to keep the public aware that the case is still very much open.

"I also have two daughters, and I can't imagine keeping the light going," said Sinclair.

Sinclair said hope for some kind of resolution is what keeps the Smart family going. It is, perhaps, the same hope that kept the Ohio victims from giving up.

She said, "It's absolutely amazing. And, I think in your heart, once you have children, you know the connection you have is really never broken and the thought that they could come home."

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