Kidnap victim announces her engagement

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The Independent US

A woman kidnapped at 14 and held captive for nine months has announced that she is getting married. Elizabeth Smart, 24, from Salt Lake City, Utah, got engaged last weekend and will marry this year.

In 2002, Smart, a Mormon, became the subject of a US-wide police search after she was abducted from her parents' home at night.

Her abductor, a former street preacher named Brian David Mitchell, was later convicted of kidnapping and sexual assault. He is serving a life sentence.