Elizabeth Smart, who was kidnapped for 9 months when she was 14-years-old by a road preacher and his spouse, stated Wednesday that it is “heartbreaking” figuring out what Gabby Petito seemingly went through within the days and weeks main as much as her loss of life. 

“In Gabby’s case in particular, I mean, I was alive, and I came home, and hers tragically has not ended that way,” Smart, who is now a victims’ rights activist, stated on the present “Red Table Talk.” “But knowing what it’s like being on the other side and potentially what may have happened and what may have led up to her final moments, and understanding probably a lot of what she was feeling, it’s heartbreaking.”

Smart was kidnapped from her Salt Lake City residence by Brian David Mitchell and Wanda Barzee in 2002. She was held in captivity and raped by Mitchell for 9 months, earlier than being rescued by law enforcement officials on a road in Sandy, Utah, about 20 miles from her residence. 

Elizabeth Smart stated she has slowly began to divulge heart’s contents to her oldest baby about her ordeal. (Photo by: Zach Pagano/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal through Getty Images through Getty Images)

One of her kidnappers, Barzee, was launched from jail on parole in 2018 after serving 15 years in jail. Smart stated Wednesday that she was dissatisfied in Barzee’s launch however grateful that she acquired some measure of justice. 

“I was disappointed, but it also helped me have a greater appreciation for how many victims never even have a smidgen of justice. Their perpetrators walk every day free,” she stated. “Like, at least I got something. How many more haven’t?”


People worldwide have been captivated by the Gabby Petito case, and her household has thanked everybody for bringing consciousness to the 22-year-old’s disappearance, however family members are additionally asking folks to direct their consideration to the 1000’s of different lacking individual instances which might be nonetheless energetic. 

“It should continue for other people, too. This same type of heightened awareness should be continued for everyone ― everyone,” Joseph Petito, Gabby’s father, stated at a press convention on Sept. 22. 

“It’s on all of you, everyone that’s in this room, to do that. If you don’t do that for other people that are missing, that’s a shame, because it’s not just Gabby that deserves that.”

At the tip of final 12 months, the FBI’s National Crime Information Center counted nearly 90,000 energetic lacking individuals instances. 

“It’s a massive problem. Every 90 seconds, a person goes missing,” Smart stated Wednesday. “Just in the time that we’ve been sitting here chatting, there are people who have already gone missing.”

While Barzee was launched from jail three years in the past, Smart was assured that Brian Mitchell won’t ever escape his life sentence.

“He will never get out. He’s in federal prison. There’s no chance of parole,” Smart stated Wednesday.