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The Latest: Elizabeth Smart wants no contact with the kidnapper

FILE – In this April 24, 2015, file photo, abduction survivor Elizabeth Smart looks on during a press conference in Sandy, Utah. Wanda Barzee, a woman convicted of helping a former street preacher of kidnapping Smart in 2002, will be freed from prison more than five years earlier than expected, a surprise decision that the Smart called “incomprehensible” on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

SALT LAKE CITY – The Latest on the Elizabeth Smart response to the release of one of her kidnappers (all times are local):

4:15 pm

Elizabeth Smart says she has no desire to talk with her kidnapper after her unexpected release from prison next week.

When you are prompted during a press conference Thursday, as she had a message for Wanda Barzee, Smart said that she has nothing to say.

Smart says she forgives the 72-year-old several years ago, but that forgiveness does not mean “putting her back in my life.”

Smart says that they made the decision a long time ago that she never wanted to see or speak Barzee.

Barzee and her husband, a former street preacher, kidnapped a then 14-year-old Smart from her Salt Lake City bedroom in 2002. Smart was recognized and rescued after nine months.

Utah authorities say they miscalculated the time Barzee has already served in federal prison.

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4 hours

Elizabeth Smart says it seems that there is no viable, legal steps they can take to stop the release of one of her kidnappers.

Smart said at a press conference Thursday in Salt Lake City that they found only about 72-year-old Wanda Barzee, the release shortly before the public did.

She says that she is trying to learn as much information as they can and explore options.

Her father, Ed Smart, was also present and said that his daughter, as a kidnapping survivor, should have been notified a long time ago.

Barzee pleaded guilty to helping a former street preacher of kidnapping Smart in 2002 and holding her captive for nine months before the girl was found and rescued.

Utah authorities say they had miscalculated the time, 72-year-old Wanda Barzee working in the federal prison.

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3:45 pm

Elizabeth Smart said Thursday that they are urging the government to reconsider the planned release of one of her kidnappers, call Wanda Barzee a danger to her and the community.

“I think she is a threat to any vulnerable person in our community,” Smart said at a press conference in Salt Lake City.

Barzee pleaded guilty to helping a former street preacher of kidnapping Smart in 2002 and holding her captive for nine months before the girl was found and rescued.

Smart was abducted from her Salt Lake City bedroom at knifepoint by street preacher Brian David Mitchell, who came in through an open kitchen window. The kidnapping triggered waves of fear across the country.

Attorney Scott Williams said Barzee has been diagnosed with different mental disorders, but he doesn’t worry about her being a danger to the community.

Mitchell is serving a life sentence.

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3:40 pm

Elizabeth Smart is the question of authorities to reconsider the planned release of one of her kidnappers, says Wanda Barzee continues to be a threat to her.

Barzee’s coming next week after Utah authorities determined they had miscalculated the time that they spent in federal custody.

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12:48 pm

Elizabeth Smart is set to discuss the surprise announcement that one of the people who have her kidnapped when she was 14, is released from prison.

Smart is scheduled to hold a press conference Thursday on the release of the 72-year-old Wanda Barzee, who is coming next week. Utah authorities determined they had miscalculated the time Barzee earlier served in the federal authority.

Smart called it “incomprehensible” that Barzee would be freed, despite the not to undergo mental health evaluations or attending a June parole hearing.

Smart, now a 30-year-old speaker and activist, said in a statement Tuesday she was looking into her options.

Barzee pleaded guilty to helping a former street preacher of kidnapping Smart in 2002 and holding her captive for nine months before the girl was found and rescued.

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