David Smart, Elizabeth Smart's Uncle
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GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, HOST: The last time Elizabeth Smart's father says he saw Richard Ricci was last fall when Smart signed over his Jeep Cherokee to Ricci. Now, the car was payment for the work Ricci did on the Smart home. Ricci, who has had a violent criminal record and spent quite some time, he was working at the Smart home at the time. Were there ever any warning signs that could perhaps have alerted them that this man could be dangerous?
Elizabeth's uncle, David Smart, joins us from Salt Lake City. Hello, David.
SMART: Hi, Greta.
VAN SUSTEREN: David, everyone's talking about at least the possibility that something might be missing from that white Jeep Cherokee. Have you heard anything that the police are looking for?
SMART: I really haven't. As far as something missing from the Jeep, you know, the only thing I know is the wheel-well molding from the right -- from the left fender -- just kind of another clue for people to keep their eyes open, actually, to think back about information pertaining to that that may have struck them odd, that this vehicle may have been suspicious in their neighborhood or a particular area.
VAN SUSTEREN: Do you know if Elizabeth had ever been in that Jeep prior to the time that it was given to Mr. Ricci?
SMART: You know what? I don't know the specifics on it. It was -- I believe it was a family vehicle before that time. But as far as the specifics, if she was in that vehicle or not, I really couldn't tell you.
VAN SUSTEREN: David, was it a vehicle that had been in the family some time, so it's reasonable -- the reason I'm asking, quite frankly, is wondering whether her hair would likely be -- and any sort of fibers, anything that would link her to that car, in the event that they find something in it.
SMART: You know what, Greta? I really don't know on that. That would be something Ed would have to answer. As far as being around the house a lot, I really was not around their house very much. I live on the other end of the valley. My communication with Ed is -- it was mainly on the phone or family gatherings.
VAN SUSTEREN: Have you ever met Mr. Ricci? Were you ever at the house when he was there?
SMART: No. I never have met him.
VAN SUSTEREN: Was he ever a problem in the house?
SMART: I don't know of him ever being a problem in dealing with the house. I know that Ed and Ricci had performed a contract on the vehicle in exchange for Ricci's labor within the house and around the house. And the specific jobs that he formed, I don't know what those specific jobs were, but he did fulfill his contract part.
VAN SUSTEREN: One quick final question, David. Does Elizabeth ever say anything about Mr. Ricci, anything funny about him or strange?
SMART: No, I never did hear anything from Elizabeth dealing with Ricci.
VAN SUSTEREN: All right, David Smart, thank you very much for joining us this evening. I appreciate it.
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