Hotel Staff & Guests Terrified After Elizabeth Smart’s Kidnapper Moves In Post-Prison

Elizabeth Smart Kidnapper Wanda Barzee Moves Into Hotel Guests Staff Terrified
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Sep. 20 2018, Updated 5:47 p.m. ET

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Elizabeth Smart’s kidnapper, Wanda Barzee, has moved into a hotel after her prison release – and has exclusively learned that her presence has left staff and guests terrified.

A local police department in Salt Lake City, Utah confirmed to Radar that it responded to a nearby hotel for a disturbance regarding Barzee attracting attention.

Now, Radar has learned that the hotel’s staff members and guests are living in fear of the news that she is on the premises.

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One staff member who works in the hotel’s reservations department gasped at the news, claiming he works in a separate office from the hotel so he had not yet seen the free felon.

“Oh my god, this could be a problem,” the staff member said.

Then a guest in the hotel claimed that Barzee had moved in. She called the realization a “scary moment.”

“Wanda Barzee moved into our hotel,” said the guest. “I’m not leaving my room.”

A spokesman for the Utah Salt Lake City hotel chain declined to comment on Barzee’s alleged presence.

“We’re not at liberty to speak about any guest or any information about guests due to privacy laws,” said the spokesman.

Another source nearby the hotel denied that Barzee was staying there, although her address is listed as such in sex offender registry docs.

As Radar readers know, Barzee was released Wednesday after spending years in prison for acting as her husband, Brian David Mitchell’s accomplice in the kidnapping of Smart.

Smart was tortured and raped by the couple for nine months before being found. She is now married mother of two, with a third child on the way.

Smart said she believes Barzee’s release is “disturbing.”

First photos of the child snatcher, now 72, showed her looking old and haggard.

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