Father of kidnapping victim Elizabeth Smart comes out as gay
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The father of Utah kidnapping survivor Elizabeth Smart has come out as gay in a heartfelt letter that reveals he has struggled throughout his life with pain and...
BARRON, Wis. (AP) — Kidnapping victim Elizabeth Smart says it's OK for residents of a northwestern Wisconsin town to "smile, but don't stare" if they bump into a 13-year-old local girl recovering...
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Kidnapping victim Elizabeth Smart is scheduled to speak in northwestern Wisconsin next week to help the region cope with a high-profile double...
The Latest: Elizabeth Smart unhappy with kidnapper’s housing
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Latest on a woman who helped kidnap Elizabeth Smart living near a school. (all times local):
Elizabeth Smart says people with a history of child abuse and sexual violence like the one who helped kidnapped her should be housed as far away from schools as possible.
Smart issued the statement Monday after learning that the woman who helped abduct her when she was a teenager is living in a Salt Lake City apartment a couple of blocks from a school.
Elizabeth Smart kidnapper living near elementary school
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — 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 earlier than anticipated, despite her refusal to cooperate with mental health professionals while incarcerated.
Elizabeth Smart gives birth to third child, a baby girl
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Teenage kidnapping survivor Elizabeth Smart has given birth to her third child.
Smart announced the birth on her Instagram account on Monday with a picture of her holding new daughter Olivia as husband Matthew Gilmour looks on.
In her post, Smart says "So happy to welcome Olivia to our family!"
Elizabeth Smart kidnapper transferred to halfway house
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A woman who helped kidnap Elizabeth Smart has been transferred to a federal halfway house following her release from prison.
An online entry in the Utah sex-offender registry shows 72-year-old Wanda Barzee is listed as living at a contracted residential re-entry center in Salt Lake City. Barzee was initially placed in a South Salt Lake motel after her release last week.
Utah lawmaker wants to close loophole that released Barzee
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah legislator has introduced a bill he says would close a loophole that allowed for one of Elizabeth Smart's kidnappers to be released from prison.
Rep. Ken Ivory of West Jordan says the loophole in a state law allowed 72-year-old Wanda Barzee to be released last week after serving her maximum 15-year sentence despite the fact she refused mental-health treatment while in custody.
Woman who helped kidnap Elizabeth Smart released from prison
DRAPER, Utah (AP) — 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.
Court documents say she will stay in unspecified emergency housing chosen by her probation officer until another home is approved.
Elizabeth Smart’s father: kidnapper still a threat
The Latest: Smart won’t live in fear after kidnapper release
DRAPER, Utah (AP) — The Latest on the release of a woman who helped kidnap Elizabeth Smart in Utah (all times local):
Elizabeth Smart says she's moving forward with her life and trying not to live in fear now that one of her kidnappers has been released from prison.
Smart gave a speech Wednesday at Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania, telling reporters beforehand that it was "a statement in my moving forward" that she was able to come to the school to speak about sexual violence.
Woman who helped kidnap Elizabeth Smart released
Woman who helped kidnap Elizabeth Smart to be released
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Elizabeth Smart said Tuesday that she's been assured the woman who helped kidnap her when she was 14 and stood by as she was sexually assaulted will be closely watched when she's released from prison.
Niece: Family won’t take in Elizabeth Smart’s kidnapper
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — 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 questions about mental-health treatment in the nation's prisons, an expert said.
Elizabeth Smart says kidnapper being released still a threat
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — 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 treatment.
Smart outraged by planned release of 1 of her kidnappers
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Elizabeth Smart said Thursday the news that one of her kidnappers will be released from prison next week was "a big shock," and she hopes there is a way the woman can be committed to a treatment facility since there is no legal recourse to keep her behind bars.
Wanda Barzee is expected to be freed next week after 15 years in custody, following a surprise announcement that Utah authorities had miscalculated the amount of time the 72-year-old woman should serve.
Elizabeth Smart says Barzee remains a threat
The Latest: Elizabeth Smart wants no contact with kidnapper
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Latest on Elizabeth Smart's reaction to the release of one of her kidnappers (all times local):
Elizabeth Smart says she has no desire to talk to her kidnapper after her unexpected release from prison next week.
When asked during a news conference Thursday if she had any message for Wanda Barzee, Smart says she has nothing to say.
Smart says she forgave the 72-year-old several years ago but that forgiveness does not mean "allowing her back into my life."
Elizabeth Smart upset 1 of her kidnappers to be freed
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A woman convicted of helping a former street preacher kidnap Elizabeth Smart in 2002 will be freed from prison more than five years earlier than expected, a surprise decision that Smart called "incomprehensible" on Tuesday.
Wanda Barzee, 72, will be released Sept. 19 after the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole determined it had miscalculated the time she was required to serve in prison, board spokesman Greg Johnson said.
The Latest: Elizabeth Smart upset her kidnapper to be freed
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Latest on the release of Elizabeth Smart's kidnapper (all times local):
Elizabeth Smart says it is "incomprehensible" that a woman convicted of helping a former street preacher kidnap her will be released from prison next week.
Smart said in a statement Tuesday she was "surprised and disappointed" to learn that Wanda Barzee will be freed after failing to undergo mental health evaluations and failing to attend her own parole hearing in June.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A woman convicted of helping a former street preacher kidnap then-Utah teenager Elizabeth Smart from her Salt Lake City home in 2002 has been denied early parole.
The decision announced Monday night by the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole was expected after Wanda Barzee, 72, refused to attend her hearing last month before the state parole board that could have helped her get out of prison before her scheduled release on Jan. 29, 2024.
Elizabeth Smart says she’s pregnant with third baby
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Kidnapping survivor Elizabeth Smart says she's pregnant with her third child.
Smart made the announcement in an Instagram post Monday with a picture of an ultrasound and the words: "Pretty HUGE news!!! We're expecting baby #3 in November!!!!"
DRAPER, Utah (AP) — A woman convicted of helping a former street preacher kidnap then-Utah teenager Elizabeth Smart from her Salt Lake City home in 2002 refused to attend a hearing Tuesday before the state parole board that could have helped her get out of prison earlier.
SPANISH FORK, Utah (AP) — The body of a Mexican woman who disappeared on her way home from her English language class in Utah three years ago has been found in a rugged, mountainous canyon area and police are investigating her death as a homicide, officials said Thursday.
No new leads on Provo woman who vanished 3 years ago
PROVO, Utah (AP) — Authorities and supporters of a Provo woman who was last seen three years ago are appealing to the public for help, but say there are no major new leads in the case.
The Daily Herald reports that police have not given up the search for Elizabeth Elena Laguna Salgado.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — 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."
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Latest on an effort to introduce bills that would require a filter for online pornography that could be lifted with a $20 fee (all times local):
A Rhode Island lawmaker says he feels misled about who was supporting legislation he sponsored to require a filter for online pornography that could be lifted with a $20 fee.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — 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.
Kidnapping survivor Elizabeth Smart nominated for Emmy award
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Kidnapping survivor Elizabeth Smart has been nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for her work as a special correspondent on a television program.
The Deseret News reports Smart shared the news Tuesday in an Instagram post.
Smart, a special correspondent for "Crime Watch Daily with Chris Hansen," says she can't believe she was nominated.
Lifetime to premiere movie on Elizabeth Smart’s kidnapping
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Kidnapping victim Elizabeth Smart is pleased with how a Lifetime movie and documentary she helped produce about her harrowing ordeal turned out. But she said her visit to the movie set brought back terrible memories when she saw actor Skeet Ulrich looking so similar to the man who abducted her.
In 2002, Elizabeth Smart was kidnapped from her bedroom in Salt Lake City and was held for nine months until she was rescued.
The story of the Utah teen now comes to the small screen on Lifetime and A&E. “I am Elizabeth Smart” is the true story of the abduction of Smart, who was on hand to speak with members of the media recently to discuss the show and her experience.
Elizabeth Smart speaks at BYU after ‘Me Too’ movement spreads on social media
The first “Smart Talks” forum encouraged attendees to spread awareness about sexual abuse to help enact change.
“Our intention is to see this go across the country, and it will have great impact,” Ed Smart, the father of kidnapping and sexual assault survivor Elizabeth Smart, said Friday at the first forum.
Elizabeth Smart to keynote ISU “Surviving Voices” week in December
POCATELLO – Idaho State University’s College of Arts and Letters will host a week of events Dec. 5-8 raising awareness about sexual assault and domestic violence titled “Surviving Voices,” which includes a keynote address by Elizabeth Smart.
The even will include a documentary screenings and dance performances.
All events will be held in ISU’s Frazier Hall and are free and open to the public. Each segment contains adult content.
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — A roundup of news from the Television Critics Association summer meeting, at which TV networks and streaming services are presenting details on upcoming programs.
Elizabeth Smart said it required years for her to participate in a movie about her kidnapping ordeal.
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Elizabeth Smart said it required years for her to participate in a movie about her kidnapping ordeal.
Smart said Friday that she couldn't have done so immediately after her abduction from her Salt Lake City home in 2002 at age 14. She was rescued nine months later, and said Friday she was eager to "run away" from the experience.
Even as an adult, Smart said it took time and serious discussion with producers for her to agree to work on Lifetime's "I Am Elizabeth Smart."
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — An 80-year-old man convicted of battery for punching a police officer who stopped him from approaching kidnapping survivor Elizabeth Smart with a knife at an Indiana book signing has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.
So many to choose from — 212 in all — in a variety of fun categories. "Mad About Miche." "Wicked Weaves." "A Night on the Town." "Nine to Five."
These were the names of handmade purses, up for bids in a silent auction, at the 12th annual Power of the Purse luncheon. More than 700 people attend the event, which raised about $76,000 for early childhood literacy programs.
TAYLORSVILLE, Utah (AP) — Former kidnapping victim Elizabeth Smart said Thursday Sen. Orrin Hatch's proposal that would speed up DNA testing at crime labs would help ensure people guilty of kidnapping and sexual assault are locked up before they can harm others while diminishing the time victims have to wait on investigations to conclude.
She spoke after joining Hatch on a tour of a new Utah state crime lab where robotic machines allow for faster processing of DNA samples.
Elizabeth Smart, Ed Smart tout Sen. Orrin Hatch’s rapid DNA testing bill
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana jury has convicted an 80-year-old man of felony battery for punching a police officer who stopped him from approaching kidnapping survivor Elizabeth Smart with a knife at a January book signing.