Elizabeth Smart

  • Elizabeth Smart Feb 7

    Elizabeth Smart Says She Was Sexually Assaulted on Delta Flight

    Utah kidnapping and rape survivor Elizabeth Smart says she was sexually assaulted on an airplane last year.

  • Facebook Aug 16, 2019

    Elizabeth Smart’s Father Announces He Is Gay and Is Divorcing His Wife

    Ed Smart, the father of kidnapping survivor and child safety activist Elizabeth Smart, has announced he is gay, divorcing his wife, and leaving The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Smart, 64, who has also served as a child safety advocate for years through his daughter’s foundation, announced the emotional decision to family and friends in a Facebook message...

  • United States Jan 12, 2019

    Ex-Kidnapping Victims: Jayme Closs Needs Space, Time To Heal

    Elizabeth Smart, who was 14 when she was kidnapped at knifepoint from her Salt Lake City home in 2002, told The Associated Press that everyone endures different mental and psychological trauma after kidnappings, but Jayme Closs will have to confront the fact that there “is no going back to the way things were.” “Probably one of the more difficult issues...

  • Facebook Jan 12, 2019

    Granddad: Wisconsin Girl Has No Link To Suspected Kidnapper

    The grandfather of a northwestern Wisconsin girl who authorities say was abducted during a home invasion that left her parents dead said Saturday that the family has no connection to the suspect and doesn’t understand why he targeted her, deepening a mystery that has captivated the state for months. Someone blasted open the door of James and Denise Closs’ home...

  • NBC Jan 11, 2019

    Elizabeth Smart ‘Thrilled’ Jayme Closs Was Found: ‘What a Miracle!’

    Elizabeth Smart, who was held captive for nine months as a teenager in the early 2000s, said that the discovery of missing Wisconsin teen Jayme Closs alive on Thursday left her “thrilled,” NBC News reported. “What a miracle!!! Jayme Closs has been found!!!! I’m so thrilled to hear the news,” Smart wrote on Instagram Friday morning. Jayme had been missing...

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation Jan 11, 2019

    Closs Family: Jayme’s Discovery Is ‘What We’ve Prayed For’

    Kelly Engelhardt, Jayme Closs’ aunt, tells NBC affiliate KARE that she had hope and faith that her niece would be found. Closs, who was missing since Oct. 15, 2018, was found alive close to an hour’s drive away from her home on Thursday.

  • elementary school Dec 31, 2018

    Elizabeth Smart Kidnapper Now Lives Near Elementary School

    A woman who helped kidnap Elizabeth Smart is living several blocks from a Salt Lake City elementary school following her release from prison in September, according to Utah’s sex-offender registry. Wanda Barzee, 73, is listed in the registry as living in an apartment near the school after her initial placement in a halfway house. She was released on parole much...

  • elementary school Dec 31, 2018

    Elizabeth Smart Kidnapper Now Lives Near Elementary School

    A woman who helped kidnap Elizabeth Smart is living several blocks from a Salt Lake City elementary school following her release from prison in September, according to Utah’s sex-offender registry. Wanda Barzee, 73, is listed in the registry as living in an apartment near the school after her initial placement in a halfway house. She was released on parole much...

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation Oct 26, 2018

    Investigators Press for Break in Missing Wisconsin Girl Case

    The search for a 13-year-old Wisconsin girl whose parents were killed enters its 12th day Friday and investigators still haven’t said if they have clues as to what was behind the attack and suspected abduction. They have followed up on more than 1,700 tips and a $50,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to Jayme Closs. But child...

  • Suzanne Ciechalski Sep 19, 2018

    Woman Who Helped Kidnap Elizabeth Smart Released From Utah Prison

    A woman who helped kidnap Elizabeth Smart and stood by as the Utah girl was sexually assaulted was released from prison Wednesday amid concerns that she remains a threat 15 years after the chilling crime. Wanda Barzee, 72, quietly left the state prison in the Salt Lake City suburb of Draper, avoiding a throng of reporters gathered outside.

  • Attorney Sep 15, 2018

    Niece: Family Won’t Take in Elizabeth Smart’s Kidnapper

    Once an accomplished organ player in Salt Lake City, Wanda Barzee became a disturbing figure for members of her own family after she helped in the 2002 kidnapping of then-teenager Elizabeth Smart. Days before the 72-year-old woman is released from prison, looming fears about whether she remains a threat and calls to keep her off the streets bring up deep-rooted...

  • Attorney Sep 13, 2018

    Elizabeth Smart Says Kidnapper Being Released Still a Threat

    Elizabeth Smart says a woman who helped kidnap her when she was 14 and stood by as she was sexually assaulted should be committed to a mental-health facility after she’s released from prison next week. Smart said Thursday she was shocked to find out about Wanda Barzee’s prison release and she’s deeply concerned because the inmate hasn’t been cooperating with...

  • Attorney Sep 11, 2018

    Elizabeth Smart Kidnapper to Be Released From Prison

    A woman convicted of helping a former street preacher kidnap Elizabeth Smart as a teenager in 2002 from her Salt Lake City bedroom and hold her captive will be freed from prison in a surprise move announced Tuesday by state authorities.

  • lawyer Mar 27, 2018

    Lawmaker Withdraws Anti-Porn Bill, Citing ‘Dubious Origins’

    A proposal that would have required a filter for online pornography that could be lifted with a $20 fee was withdrawn Tuesday by a lawmaker who cited its “dubious origins.” Sen. Frank Ciccone said he pulled the bill after The Associated Press reported Monday that the legislation had been pushed around the country by a man with a history of...

  • lawyer Mar 27, 2018

    Elizabeth Smart Demands Porn Bill Backer Stop Using Her Name

    A proposal targeting online pornography and human trafficking billed as the “Elizabeth Smart Law” has grabbed headlines for its unusual approach: require a filter that can be lifted with a $20 fee....
    But Smart, who was kidnapped from her Utah home as a teenager in 2002, sent a cease-and-desist letter to demand her name be removed from it....
    And the National Center...

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