It was 10 years ago that a Utah girl was found alive in a Salt Lake City suburb nine months following an abduction from her bedroom that horrified the community.
Many Utah residents still remember where they were when they heard the stunning news March 12, 2003, that then 14-year-old Elizabeth Smart had been found alive — walking down the street with an older man and woman. The discovery set up a tearful and joyous reunion with her family and captured the attention of the nation.
The Salt Lake Tribune recounts how a couple running errands in Sandy spotted a homeless man walking with two women who resembled a street preacher suspected in the abduction. They called police.
Sandy police say that Smart, then 14, repeatedly denied being the missing girl before finally saying, "Thou sayest."
They interpreted that as yes, reunited her with her family and arrested the kidnapper, Brian David Mitchell.
Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, http://www.sltrib.com