Elizabeth Smart, who was kidnapped at age 14 from her Salt Lake City home and held for what she described as “nine months of hell,” is engaged and anticipates a wedding in early summer, a family spokesman said on Friday.
After her rescue, Smart, took up a career as an advocate for missing children and occasional TV news commentator.
Her father Ed Smart to confirmed People.com, “We’re very excited for her. She told us at home last Saturday. I wasn’t really surprised. They’ve been very happy together. We’re just thrilled. We’re looking forward to her moving on to this next stage and leading a very happy life.”
Ed added that Elizabeth, 24, and her fiance, who has not been named, “wants to keep it very private and feels very strongly about that right now.”
Chris Thomas, a rep for Elizabeth, would not confirm the wedding date nor the name of Smart’s fiance, but said, “I know they’re looking at a summer wedding. They’re still in the process of planning the wedding, and there are a lot of details to still be worked out.”
Thomas also reiterated Smart’s desire for privacy. “She’s going to be very public in her child advocacy work, but has decided she wants to keep her personal life private.”