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  • Writer's pictureSarah Turney

Elizabeth Smart

Updated: Jun 8, 2021

Elizabeth Smart was kidnapped from her home in Salt Lake City, Utah on the morning of June 5th, 2002. But due to her clever thinking, her parents partnering with John Walsh to challenge the police, and three amazing regular people who saw something and said something, Elizabeth was recovered alive 9 months later on March 12th, 2003.

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“Abductor of Utah Girl Didn't Threaten Sister.” The Times, 19 June 2002, p. 20.

Adams, Brooke. “Rare for Missing Children to Return Home.” Daily Journal, 14 Mar. 2003, p. 2.

Barger, Scarlett M. “Officials Discuss Rachael Alert.” Orem-Geneva Times, 27 June 2002, pp. A1–A3.

“Elizabeth Smart.” Quite Franklin, created by Rich Franklin,

Elizabeth Smart: Autobiography. Season 1, episode 1 & 2, A&E, 12 Nov. 2017.

“Elizabeth Smart's Safe Return Inspires Letters From Far and Wide.” Salt Lake Tribune, 14 Mar. 2003, p. A19.

Fantin, Linda, and Kevin Cantera. “Hunt for Girl Takes New Tack.” Salt Lake Tribune, 15 June 2002, p. 8.

Foy, Paula. “Elizabeth Smart Found with Homeless Preacher.” The Montgomery Advertiser, 13 Mar. 2003, p. 4.

“Free At Last.” Chicago Tribune, 13 Mar. 2003, p. 33.

“Handyman Charged in Theft From Kidnapped Girl's Home.” The Los Angeles Times, 12 July 2002, p. 15.

Henetz, Patty. “A Joyful Reunion.” Daily Journal, 14 Mar. 2003, p. 2.

Henetz, Patty. “Police Clarify Mary Katherine Smart's Story.” Casper Star-Tribune, 20 June 2002, p. 16.

Henetz, Patty. “Rachael Alert Gets First Test.” The Daily Herald, 6 June 2002, p. A9.

“Miracles Do Exist.” The Post-Crescent, 13 Mar. 2003, p. 1.

Nelson, Eleanor. “Utah Strengths Revealed in Kidnap Case.” Arizona Republic, 10 July 2002, p. 123.

“Police Change Story in Smart Kidnapping.” National Post, 21 June 2002, p. 15.

Reid, T. R. “Suspect May Have Sought Wives.” The Indianapolis Star, 15 Mar. 2003, p. 7.

Smart, Elizabeth, and Chris Stewart. My Story. St. Martin's Press, 2015.

Smart, Elizabeth. Where There's Hope: Healing, Moving Forward, and Never Giving Up. St. Martin's Press, 2018.

Vigh, Michael. “Forensic Artist Meets With Kidnap Witness.” Salt Lake Tribune, 26 July 2002, p. 26.


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