Elizabeth Smart Testifies That Salt Lake Detective Just Missed Rescuing Her

November 10, 2010

(ChattahBox U.S. News) — A chance encounter in a library nearly ended the terror that Elizabeth Smart endured at the hands of her captors, but even though Smart felt like she was close to being saved, the chance slipped away, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.

During testimony at the trial of her abductor, Brian David Mitchell, Smart said that Mitchell brought her and his wife Wanda Barzee to a library so he could review maps of potential new places for them to visit where he could take on additional “wives.” There, a Salt Lake City detective approached the trio and asked whether he could lift the veil that Smart was wearing because he was “looking for Elizabeth Smart,” the Salt Lake Tribune notes.

After Mitchell denied the officer permission to lift Smart’s veil, the detective walked away, leading Smart to feel that “hope was walking out the door,” she testified. She also began to turn her anger inward, wondering why she hadn’t taken a chance and said something to the police officer, the Tribune reports.


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