Officer: Elizabeth was 'fine'

Officer: Elizabeth was 'fine'

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- The officer who pulled over a car that had missing teen Elizabeth Smart in it says the teen was fine.

Sandy police officer Karen Jones says she got a call to check out a man who witnesses said looked like the man recently identified as a possible suspect in the case.

Jones says she just wanted to talk to the man and find out if he was the drifter known as "Emmanuel."

While talking to the man, it quickly became apparent the teen-age girl with him may have been Elizabeth. Police took everybody in custody and confirmed that Elizabeth was alive and well.

Sandy Police Chief Steve Chapman didn't allow Jones to say much more because he does not want to jeopardize the investigation.

But Jones says the girl was "fine" when she was taken in.

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

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