- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 20, 2003

SALT LAKE CITY, Feb. 20 (UPI) — Police and the public in the Salt Lake City area were still looking Thursday for a transient who may be able to shed some light on the unsolved disappearance of teenager Elizabeth Smart.

Brian David Mitchell, also known as "Emmanuel," performed yard work and other chores at the Smarts' upscale suburban home in November 2001, seven months before 14-year-old Elizabeth was reportedly taken from her bedroom by an unidentified intruder armed with a gun.

"He is somebody we want to talk to only because he was there at the house," Salt Lake City Police Chief Rick Dinse said Tuesday.

Another handyman who worked for the Smarts, Richard Allen Ricci, had been considered a strong potential suspect in the alleged kidnapping. But he died in jail after staunchly denying any role in the girl's disappearance and Ricci was never charged in the case.

His sister, who came forward Saturday after Mitchell's picture was shown on the television series "America's Most Wanted", identified Mitchell.

Mitchell, 49, is believed to still be homeless and may be drifting around the southern United States. He is described as around 160 pounds with long, graying hair.

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