A kidnapping survivor who made national headlines was in Wisconsin Wednesday evening as the keynote speaker at Fox Valley Technical College’s annual Responding to Missing & Unidentified Persons National Training Conference in Appleton.
Elizabeth Smart, 25, was kidnapped from her home in Utah in June 2002, at the age of 14. She was held captive by Brian David Mitchell and Wanda Ileen Barzee for about nine months. Smart was found and reunited with her family in March of 2003. Mitchell was sentenced to life in prison, Barzee received 15 years in prison.
According to WLUK-TV, Smart says the most important lesson from her story is that those who work to bring the missing home should never give up and never stop focusing on the victim.
Smart will be speaking to the public for free this evening at Fox Valley Technical College's Student Life Department and Public Safety Division in the commons at 7:00.