Elizabeth Smart, the 14-year-old Salt Lake City girl who was kidnapped for nine months by a couple living nearby her home, is joining ABC News as a commentator focusing on missing-person and child-abduction cases. She will be working for Nightline and Good Morning America.
A rep for ABC says 23-year-old Elizabeth Smart could be on the air within the next few weeks. Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Smart says Elizabeth wants to take the job so she can create awareness about cases involving missing children. The deal has been in works for several months, according to Townsend, and Elizabeth Smart will contribute across the network’s news programs, including “Good Morning America” and “Nightline.”
Elizabeth Smart was abducted from her family home in June 2002 by Brian David Mitchell. The 56-year-old nomadic street preacher was convicted in December on federal charges of kidnapping and unlawful transportation of a minor across state lines for sex. He was later sentenced to life in federal prison without parole.