Elizabeth Smart, the brave Utah woman who was kidnapped at gunpoint as a teenager and held captive for nine months is set to be married, according to her spokesperson. Smart reportedly got engaged last week and will marry later this year.
According to AP, Smart’s father, Ed Smart, said his future son-in-law is a “fine young man.” He expressed that he was pleased for his daughter and hopes she will have a happy life. No other details about the future groom have been released and the family plan to keep her personal life private.
“She has planned to be very public in her child advocacy work but wants to keep the details of her personal life private,” spokesman Chris Thomas told the Deseret News.
Smart was kidnapped by onetime itinerant street preacher Brian David Mitchell from her own bedroom and gunpoint in 2002. She was held captive by Mitchell and his wife Wanda Barzee for nine months, and repeatedly raped.
She was only rescued after a biker recognized her as one of the missing on America’s Most Wanted at a diner. Mitchell was convicted of kidnapping and sexual assault and was sentenced to life in prison in May 2011. Barzee was sentenced to 15 years for her role in the kidnapping. Smart testified at Mitchell’s trial, describing her ordeal as “nine months of hell.”