Elizabeth Smart Brings Her Story of Resilience and Hope to Florida’s Capitol
Tallahassee, FL, 1/12/18 – On Monday, January 22, 2018, Scent Evidence K9 will be hosting Elizabeth Smart to speak before the Florida Children & Youth Cabinet. The Florida Children & Youth Cabinet promotes public policy to ensure all children in Florida grow up safe, healthy, educated and prepared to meet their potential. Her appearance is also in conjunction with the annual Children’s Week at Florida’s Capitol.
In the early hours of June 5, 2002, 14-year-old Elizabeth Smart was kidnapped at knifepoint from her home in Salt Lake City and spent nine months in captivity. As her disappearance captured national headlines, thousands of volunteers began searching the foothills surrounding her home for any traces of her whereabouts. During the time of the search, she and her abductors regularly passed within a quarter-mile of Elizabeth’s home. Thanks to a miraculous break in the case, authorities were able to identify the kidnappers and find her in close proximity to where she was originally abducted.
Since her abduction, Elizabeth has become an activist on behalf of survivors of violence, kidnapping, and sexual abuse, with appearances on Oprah Winfrey and Katie Couric and authored the book You Are Not Alone: The Journey From Abduction to Empowerment. In 2011, she established the Elizabeth Smart Foundation to bring hope to victims through prevention, recovery, and advocacy. She is a national spokesperson and advocate for increased resources for communities and law enforcement agencies for finding missing persons.
Scent Evidence K9 is a Tallahassee-based international provider of trained scent discriminate K9’s, Scent Preservation Kits® and scent collection technology. The company was established in 2012 by former FBI Forensic Canine Operations Specialist, Paul Coley, to develop more effective methods of locating missing persons and bringing them home safely. Scent Evidence K9 partners with law enforcement agencies and emergency responders across the country to improve their search capabilities and better serve their communities with Autistic children and Alzheimer’s/Dementia populations who are at-risk for wandering. For more information visit scentevidencek9.com