09:44 PM EDT 12/24/2015
Widow of Man Falsely Accused of Kidnapping Elizabeth Smart Commits Suicide: 'She Died from a Broken Heart,' Says Son
Originally posted 12/24/2015 12:00PM
The widow of Richard Ricci, the man who died in custody after being falsely accused of kidnapping Elizabeth Smart, is dead from what officials believe was an intentional drug overdose.
Originally posted 05/31/2015 10:00AM
The activist and abduction survivor wants to keep her life as a mom out of the limelight
Originally posted 04/28/2015 01:15PM
One month ago, Elizabeth Elena Laguna-Salgado moved to Utah from Mexico so that she could learn English after serving a mission for the Mormon Church. Now the 26-year-old is missing, and another young woman who shares her first name has stepped up to urge the public to help find her.
Originally posted 05/09/2014 02:40PM
Elizabeth Smart has motherhood on her mind – but she and husband Matthew Gilmour aren't starting a family just yet.
Originally posted 10/04/2013 09:00AM
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Originally posted 10/04/2013 02:30PM
A decade after her rescue from a nine-month kidnapping ordeal that began when she was taken at knifepoint at 14 from her Salt Lake City bedroom, Elizabeth Smart is telling her tale in her book to be released next week and to Meredith Vieira in an NBC interview to air Friday.
My Story, by the now 25-year-old, recalls the painful days and nights held in captivity by Brian David Mitchell – a onetime homeless preacher – and his wife, Wanda Barzee, when the teen was chained, dressed in disguise and told she and her family would be killed if she tried to escape. She also relives the moments where she was brought back to her family and saw justice served to her attackers.
Originally posted 05/07/2013 01:45PM
Very few people can truly understand what the three women rescued from years in captivity can be feeling today – and what they may face in the years to come.
Elizabeth Smart is one of them, and she has a message.
"First of all, I'd make sure these young women know that nothing that happened to them is their fault," Smart tells PEOPLE. "They still have the same worth. They're still valuable. They haven't lost any of their worth to what's happened."
Smart was kidnapped from her home at age 14 in 2002 and forced to be a sex slave for nine months. She's now a newlywed and advocate for missing children.
Originally posted 03/08/2013 06:00PM
Elizabeth Smart is a smiling, married woman these days, but such a future was unthinkable for her in 2002.
Smart, 25, who has worked as an activist and ABC News contributor in recent years, was abducted from her home when she was 14.
Raped daily for nine months by Brian David Mitchell – a onetime homeless preacher – she was rescued in 2003. Her case drew national attention, and she is finally sharing her story – in her words – with the world.
Originally posted 11/03/2012 05:10PM
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