There is a happy ending in sight for Elizabeth Smart after a grim past.
Elizabeth, now 24, who was kidnapped at the age of 14 from her bedroom and held captive for nine months, is now engaged to be married.
A spokeswoman for 24-year-old Smart revealed she got engaged last week and would be getting married in the summer.
According to ABC, this is an exciting time for both Elizabeth and her family:
“I’m so excited,” Smart told ABC News exclusively. ”We are looking forward to a bright future together.”
A paid contributor for “Good Morning America,” reporting and providing analysis on issues related to missing and exploited children, and a music student at Brigham Young University, Smart, 24, got engaged last weekend and is planning a wedding for ”later this year.”
“She is in seventh heaven,” said her publicist Chris Thomas of Intrepid Communications. “She’s excited, she’s enjoying life. It’s been an adventure.”
Thomas would not reveal anything related to the proposal, groom or upcoming wedding. He only said that Smart and her family were “still working to finalize some details.”
“While [Smart] plans to be involved with her public advocacy work, she really feels she needs to keep her personal life private,” Thomas said.
Smart’s father, Ed Smart, told the Associated Press his future son-in-law is a “fine young man,” and that he was pleased for his daughter.
Her future husband has not been officially identified, but has been reported to be a Scotsman named Matthew Gilmour.
Elizabeth was kidnapped by homeless street preacher, Brian David Mitchell, from her bedroom in her Salt Lake City home at knife-point in 2002. Mitchell is currently serving a life sentence for the crime.
It is amazing what Elizabeth has overcome and we continue to wish her all the best in her new chapter of life.