Kidnapping Victim Elizabeth Smart Joining ABC News

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By Radar Staff

Kidnapping victim Elizabeth Smart is joining ABC News as a commentator focusing on missing persons and child abduction cases.

She’s expected to appear primarily on Good Morning America and on Nightline.

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ABC spokeswoman Julie Townsend said that Smart  — who was kidnapped, raped and held captive at the age of 14 for nine months in 2002 — can provide viewers with a unique perspective on similiar cases.

Townsend says the deal with Smart, now 23,  has been in the works for some time.

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Smart is expected to make her first TV appearance on ABC within the next few weeks.

This past May, Brian David Mitchell – the man who kidnapped Smart –  was sentenced to life without parole in federal prison.

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