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Elizabeth Smart Receives Award Marking National Missing Children's Day

Elizabeth Smart Receives Award Marking National Missing Children's Day

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Elizabeth Smart was honored Wednesday with the Courage Award, presented by U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft.

The award, presented in Washington, D.C., was made to Smart, 16, on behalf of the Department of Justice and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children marking National Missing Children's Day.

During the presentation, Ashcroft told Smart that her recovery has given hope to families everywhere, and that the award was for her bravery and her resilience.

The girl, then 14, was abducted from her home early on June 10, 2002, and was spotted on March 12, 2003, on a suburban street in the company of two people.

Brian David Mitchell, and his wife, Wanda Barzee, have been charged with kidnapping, aggravated sexual assault, aggravated burglary and attempted aggravated kidnapping in Smart's disappearance.

In January, Barzee was declared incompetent to stand trial, and is being treated at the Utah State Hospital. She's scheduled for another competency review on June 28.

Mitchell has yet to have his competency hearing.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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