- The Washington Times - Saturday, October 18, 2003

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Elizabeth Smart said she’s “still pretty much the same person” after her nine-month kidnapping ordeal.

She also told Katie Couric in her first television interview that her experience made her more compassionate toward the homeless, according to NBC.

Miss Couric interviewed the 15-year-old high school freshman Tuesday at her family’s ranch near Salt Lake City. The network did not pay for the interview, said NBC spokeswoman Caryn Mautner.

Ed and Lois Smart talked about the police investigation and how their faith helped them during the nine months Elizabeth was gone.

“It was a miracle that we could function as a family together because these … types of things can wreck marriages and pull families apart, and I think we’ve become stronger and closer as a family,” Mr. Smart told Miss Couric.

Brian David Mitchell, 50, and his wife, Wanda Barzee, 57, are charged with aggravated kidnapping, aggravated sexual assault and aggravated burglary in Elizabeth’s June 5, 2002, abduction.

The one-hour program is scheduled to air Oct. 24.

Copyright © 2019 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times welcomes your comments on Spot.im, our third-party provider. Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide