Reaction to Smart's Discovery

Reaction to news that Elizabeth Smart was found:

"All the children out there deserve to come home to their parents the way that Elizabeth has come back to us. I just hope and pray that Congress will quickly pass the Amber Alert so those children will have a better chance. It was nothing but a miracle."

-- Ed Smart, Elizabeth's father.


"Thank the Lord God almighty, I thank you for your prayers."

-- Cynthia Smart Owens, Elizabeth's aunt.


"She said there was no way, she had two people with her at all times."

-- Smart family spokesman Chris Thomas, about the teen's chances of escaping.


"Do miracles still exist? The answer is yes. Words cannot express how grateful we are for the prayers around the world. We have Elizabeth back."

-- Dave Smart, Elizabeth's uncle.


"I think you can imagine what the reunion was like. It was emotional, it was exciting, it was a thrill for everybody, her parents were in tears.

-- Salt Lake City Police Chief Rick Dinse.


"This much I can assure you -- that those responsible for these acts against Elizabeth will be vigorously prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."

-- U.S. Attorney Paul Warner.


"How can I even talk? This is such a miracle When I heard it, I thought it was a prank. I had given up hope -- I mean, where would she have been? Who would have taken care of her for a year?"

-- neighbor Lynne Godfrey