It's been 14 years since Elizabeth Smart was rescued from captivity, and her story of courage and survival still leaves people in awe. A&E aired a special two-part documentary, Elizabeth Smart: Autobiography on Nov. 15, and people took to Twitter to share their thoughts on the special.
In June 2002, Smart, who was 14 at the time, was abducted from her Salt Lake City home. She was held captive by Brian David Mitchell and Wanda Ileen Barzee for nine months. Police finally rescued her in March 2003.
During testimony in 2009, Smart detailed her horrific time in captivity. She said she was raped three to four times daily by Mitchell, who claimed to be a prophet.
Barzee and Mitchell are both in prison. In 2011, Mitchell was sentenced to two life terms in a federal prison.
Smart is now 30 years old, living in Park City, Utah, and happily married to Matthew Gilmour. She has two children, 2-year-old Chloe and 8-month-old James.
In addition to the new A&E documentary, Smart narrated a new Lifetime movie, I Am Elizabeth Smart. The film will debut on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET.
“I have been so blessed,” Smart told Access Hollywood on Monday. “I have been so lucky. I have not struggled with PTSD. I mean there are moments where I’ll see something or maybe I’ll smell something and it’ll take me back.”
One viewer couldn't believe how close police were to finding Smart after the third day of her captivity.
I cant believe how close they were to findn her that third day and didnt no she was right there thats crazy #ElizabethSmart— ANDwhat (@MiSsKiTtY87057) November 14, 2017
@AETV ° Watching #ElizabethSmart story. I am proud of the city 4 showing up 4 the Smart Family— Gerri Lillian 📚 (@SalishPoet) November 14, 2017
The fight 4 survival. You have a strong spirit Miss. I am upset that U endured all of that. But, your strength is solid. (God Like). U have a beautiful beautiful family. ❤
Several viewers said they were inspired by Smart's survival.
I've always admired you #ElizabethSmart you've got a beauty that illuminates you from within.— T A R A (@tamingtara101) November 14, 2017
So proud of all the strong women speaking out. I'm now watching the #ElizabethSmart series. This is so brave.— MJA (@MJADetBos) November 14, 2017
Another viewer said the story is disturbing.
#ElizabethSmart— Lisa T 🇺🇸❤🇺🇸❤ (@jhawk1986) November 14, 2017
Watching her story.
She is a very brave inspirational woman.
Photo credit: Access Hollywood/YouTube