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Timeline: Elizabeth Smart Disappearance:

Timeline: Elizabeth Smart Disappearance:

Posted - Mar. 12, 2003 at 7:54 p.m.



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A look at the significant dates and events in the Elizabeth Smart disappearance:

• June 5, 2002: Mary Katherine Smart tells parents that her 14-year-old sister Elizabeth was taken from their home at gunpoint.

• June 6: Hundreds of volunteers search streets and foothills of Salt Lake City. Police pursue more than 100 tips.

• June 14: Handyman Richard Albert Ricci, who once worked at Smart home, arrested on a parole violation unrelated to Elizabeth's case. Ricci questioned about the Smart case; considered top suspect.

• June 22: Transient Brett Michael Edmunds, seen in Smart neighborhood the week of disappearance, questioned by police in a West Virginia hospital. Edmunds turns out to know nothing about the disappearance.

• July 31: Ricci pleads innocent to unrelated burglary and theft charges.

• Aug. 30: Ricci dies three days after suffering a brain hemorrhage and collapsing in his jail cell.

• Sept. 17: Twice daily briefings by the Smarts suspended.

• Nov. 3: Elizabeth Smart turns 15.

• Feb. 3, 2003: Smart family releases sketch of Brian David Mitchell, who worked as handyman for family. Elizabeth's sister said he resembled man in house the night teen disappeared.

• March 12: Elizabeth Smart found alive in suburban Salt Lake City.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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