• Your Correction Officer

    Well said.

  • Turner

    Nicely done.

  • http://www.chadcrowell.com Chad’s Favorite Bridesmaid

    Amen!

  • Marco

    I think we need a few more stories like this.

    The media went crazy earlier this a.m. thinking that M. bin Laden had been captured. And Elvis Costello just hosted Letterman – closed the show with “Peace, Love and Understanding”…

  • Slocore

    The Salt Lake police dropped the ball if you ask me. But hey, she’s back, so that’s good. Long live Elizabeth Smart.

  • http://kuinileti.diaryland.com Mal

    Amen, in that totally non-religious-yet-miracle-affirming way.

  • http://larue.blogspot.com Summer

    It’s truly a miracle. God bless that child and her family. There are no words…

  • http://www.amishrobot.com Josh

    You realize the feeling of the cummunity when your CEO announces that everyone is welcome to watch the news in the board room.

    I think I will be happier if I don’t ever learn the details and I can just be glad she is back with her family.

  • http://footinmouthdisease.blogspot.com Naaman

    As I type this, there’s a TV news report talking about all the other missing persons cases getting all kinds of hope and inspiration. Elizabeth’s story is truly amazing and if you can’t see it that way, you’re dead inside.

  • http://www.brochspot.com Broch

    If anything, the amazing thing that this event brings out is the best that is in all of us, and a strong sense of what is truly important in life.

  • http://www.playapixie.org Dawn

    Why do I have the overwhelming sense that we haven’t heard the whole story yet? There just has to be more to it, I think…

  • http://www.buttonmonkey.com Terry

    And the Bush administration breathes a collective sigh of relief for they will have more than twenty-four hours of media coverage not dedicated to them.

  • http://hmstanfield.com heather

    As my boyfriend says, “Isn’t it hard enough to be 15?” This girl is going to be in therapy for many years, but it’s bloody amazing she’s alive.

  • Glovia

    Last night I crept into my kids’ rooms while they were asleep and hugged them and cried so hard because I’m so happy they are safe. Then I checked to make sure all the doors were locked and the alarm was set. I can’t even imagine the agony the Smarts have been through. Miracle. Thanks for noticing.

  • http://www.darthmiles.com da

    well said. i also never believed we would see this poor girl again, i don’t think you need to be religious to believe in miracles, they happen every day, whether it makes the front page or not. (even with a topic as uplifting as this, some people still have to bash our president, amazing.)

  • http://www.injust-spring.com Alex

    I was amazed she was finally found. This gives a tiny little teeny weeny glimmer of hope that fate isn’t as messed up as it would like us to believe.

  • http://www.buttonmonkey.com/ Terry

    That was bashing?

  • Donna

    Well said.

  • http://www.darthmiles.com da

    ok, maybe bashing was a little strong, but it just seemed so out of context considering the topic. guess i’m just a bit emotional over this as i have kids myself and i can’t imagine the rollercoaster the smarts have been on over the last 9 months.

  • sheila

    That they found her brings back my *hope*. I will be hopeful for other things now (at least for a few more days).

  • erica

    i seriously got shivers and tears in my eyes this morning just looking at the still shot of her leaving the police station. just when you think all hope is lost…there truly are good things happening somewhere in this world!

  • http://www.buttonmonkey.com/ Terry

    I was making more a statement about the media and their sick fascination with the seedy details of her abduction although I do enjoy bashing the president from time to time.

  • http://www.islandindigo.com Cindi

    With me being in Guatmala and not at home in SLC, and after hearing about Elizabeth…I read all the news and then I knew I could count on you to write something brilliant about this. I am in amazement and the chills haven`t stopped! I live up by the U of U (not in the prestigious area…more like the `studenty`area) and was there all last summer during this event. People came door to door with flyers, people from all over the country volunteered time to find this girl and like you…I thought, no way in hell will they find her…alive! Miracles happen!

  • http://www.brushstroke.tv Mel

    That’s some Mormon God you’ve got there dooce.

  • http://www.forml.com Paul

    So your husband works for your mother?

  • Elvis Pepper

    paul, what she said was that her husband works at her mother’s house. your extrapolating.

  • http://www.dooce.com dooce

    funny, paul. Elizabeth Smart was discovered basically halfway from my mother’s house to my husband’s place of work.

    strange and wonderful thing, I couldn’t sleep last night for all the right reasons. not because I was worried about war or about whether or not I’d ever get out of my mother’s basement or any of the other nagging reasons I haven’t been able to sleep for the last three months, but because I was so goddamn happy she was found. Hope is such a miraculous thing.

  • http://the.nonproductive.net Nonproductive

    I’m very happy they found her. Sadly though, this is something that will effect the rest of her life as well as her family’s. At this point we can only hope that he abducted her to have a “friend” and not anything worse.

  • http://homepage.mac.com/mrjerz/ certified

    It is unreal. My jaw dropped when I heard she was alive. When the guy told me they found her, my immediate reaction was sadness, because I was sure she was dead.

  • http://blab-o-rama.com The Fanboy Formerly Known As Beerzie

    In a time in which there only seems to be shitty news, this was a ray of warmth. Here’s to hoping all stories with a potentially disasterous ending turn out well.

  • http://www.whatsthefuss.com Mrs. Kennedy

    Um, beyond the unimaginable relief that the Smart family must feel right now, that Cave Cave link is the shit.

  • http://www.scot-on-the-rocks.com scot-on-the-rocks

    One wonders what important work Elizabeth has ahead in this life…surely the angels have been encircling her and family throughout.

  • http://www.pumpkinjuice.com Jenny

    I’m with you, Heather, with the stulifying shock factor. I was amazed. The news broke in and my heart truly jumped. Having lived downtown just a mile or so from the Smarts home… this whole thing has been very much in my face. I, too, have driven by the billboards with her face on them. My favorite Italian Cafe still has had “Pray For Elizabeth” on their marquee, and it just makes me sad. Because you can’t really take those signs and things down, but who really thought that we’d ever find her in one piece?? Truly truly amazing. Let me tell you, it was not easy driving home thru downtown yesterday. Talk about media overload.

  • allisonic

    Miracles do happen.
    My skepticism is drinking a margarita on a beach somewhere.

  • http://aprilgem.com/log April

    The Smart family was extremely and incredibly fortunate. Their situation is the exception to the rule and will always be what other families with missing children look to for hope.

    Actually makes me take Mel’s comment halfway seriously.

  • Your Correction Officer

    I’m glad she’s back, but it still seems like there’s something else going on here. I read that no criminal charges have been laid on anyone and that at one point a while ago she was with her supposed abductor and she was wearing a disguise and they were questioned by a police officer. Why didn’t she speak up?

  • Nunya

    So why does your husband work at your mother’s house?

  • http://reese.daisyhead.org reese

    that’s the kind of news the world needed…or at least the US. I didn’t think they’d find her, either, or that they’d find her dead. It really is an amazing story, and your link in all of it is amazing, too.

  • poop on a stick

    are we feeling a little bit guilty..
    feeling responsible for her not being found in 9 months???

  • Lisa

    Here in Massachusettes we have a teenage girl that was abducted from her summer job at the beach.
    (Molly Bish) Finding Elizabeth is such a miracle. It gives familys with missing children hope, and it confirms for the rest of us that hope is alive!

  • http://www.mojomark.com/blog MojoMark

    As a parent myself, it’s hard to imagine what is happening behind the scenes. And I, like most, are amazed and my spirts lifted by her safe return.

    But….

    I have lots of questions about “why she didn’t do this or that”. I will however wait for… as Paul Harvey says.. the rest of the story.

    I will also look forward to Brian David Mitchell’s new book “How to Get Control Over Your Teenager”.

  • http://www.blurbism.com Marshall

    The site looks great Heather, and as usual your sentiments are spot-on. It’s nice to hear good news for a change.

  • http://www.planetbrent.com Brent

    I’m happy to see Elizabeth’s home — but I’m also glad to see I’m not the only one confused about the whole ordeal. From all accounts she is healthy, and in the photos appears to have put on weight. As such, it doesn’t seem her “captivity” deprived her of the essentials, at least.

    This gal is fifteen years old. If she wanted to return, couldn’t she have flagged down somebody — anybody — during a very long nine months?

    I really hope they come up with a great explanation. It’d be nice to welcome her return without wondering whether, perhaps, she might just have enjoyed her time away from home.

  • http://714reasons.blogspot.com Davey Doubtful

    Taken at face value, a wonderful story. But there is definitely something else going on. Enter the tabloid bottomsuckers. They’re gonna have a field day with this one.

  • http://www.dooce.com dooce

    why can’t we take it at face value? why are so many of you assuming that she should have acted like an adult and somehow managed to escape? she’s fucking 15 years old, for crying out loud, and she was kidnapped FROM HER BED. not a single one of us can know what she’s been through, really, and just how frightened, brainwashed or drugged she could have been. why are some of you so quick to judge her? that just makes no sense to me.

  • http://nowhere.com moose

    Halleluiah indeed. Good news is welcome these days. You know, it’s completely possible she was so intimidated she didn’t feel she could speak up to that cop… and that she could have gotten a bit resigned to her situation after months…especially since she’s a child accustomed to not challenging adults… On the other hand, it will be interesting to find out what truly happened. I doubt there is any question she was taken unwillingly… whether she stayed unwillingly may be a bit foggier. Reminds me of the Patty Hearst story. Are y’all to young to have heard about that?

  • http://www.fiftymileseast.com Alyssa

    As it says on CNN, “Thomas also said that there was no way Elizabeth could have escaped because ‘she said she had two people with her at all times.’” Hell, I’m 22 and I don’t know if I would have tried to escape. It’s amazing how fear can fog your thinking, so no one really can say what they would have done in her situation.

  • Danika

    I was moved to tears with her return. I watched 48 hours with tears glistening the entire time. What an amazing story.
    I also feel there is more to the story. As to people wondering why she couldn’t just leave they said there were 2 people with her at ALL times. Also its possible they threatened to harm her family if she tried to leave.

  • Glovia

    Totally dooce. The girl was kidnapped for chrissakes. What’s wrong with you people!

  • http://714reasons.blogspot.com Dave

    I’m not saying anything about her “acting like an adult” by trying to escape. I’m more open to the idea that she was an unhappy teenager who decided to run away. No, I don’t know all the facts. Yes, if she was kidnapped, it’s an amazing story that she’s back with her family. But opinions are opinions, from what I’ve heard.

    Furthermore, if this sort of thinking is passing judgement on anyone it’s the father. I don’t trust what I’ve heard him say, nor the way he looked at his press conference. If anything, this sort of “theory” gives her credit for taking some initiative.