Invisible Children

Elizabeth Smart

Content note: Case narratives include descriptions of severe violence inflicted on children, including abuse and neglect, sexual violence, torture, and murder, as well as mentions of suicide and domestic violence. They also include photos of victims and perpetrators of violence.

Elizabeth Smart
14-year-old Elizabeth Smart was abducted from her bedroom in Salt Lake City on June 5, 2002. Elizabeth was held captive by Brian David Mitchell, who considered himself a prophet, and his wife Wanda Ileen Barzee. Mitchell threatened, bound, and raped Elizabeth daily, treating her as his second wife and sex slave. The three traveled from place to place. “He told me to say I had been home schooled and that we traveled around ministering to different people,” Elizabeth reported during later testimony. Elizabeth was discovered on March 12, 2003, nine months after she was kidnapped, and was reunited with her family. She has since become an advocate for victims of abduction.

Date: June 5, 2002
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah

Documents: Date:
Elizabeth Smart Kidnapping
Dad Says Elizabeth Smart was Brainwashed 209-03-13
The Testimony of Elizabeth Smart 2010-11-01
Elizabeth Smart: My Faith and “My Story 2013-10-11