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On The Loose! Utah Locals Terrified Elizabeth Smart's Kidnapper Lives Near School

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Jan. 23 2019, Updated 12:44 p.m. ET

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Utah residents are now terrified after learning Elizabeth Smart’s kidnapper Wanda Barzee is living in a halfway house located near an elementary school, has exclusively learned. was the first to report that Barzee was released from prison to a run-down Salt Lake City, Utah home two blocks away from an elementary school. Now, a store employee who works close to Barzee’s new home revealed to that locals are fearing for the worst.

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“I’ve heard from a lot of customers that they do not like her in the neighborhood because their kids walk past the house she’s living in all the time,” said a convenience store employee in the area.

Barzee’s new home is located just two tenths of a mile from a school offering pre-kindergarten through fifth-grade classes. The employee admitted that almost “all” of the customers complaining about Barzee “are parents of the students.”

“They cannot believe they would move her in this neighborhood. They’re more worried about what she might do with kids,” the employee said.

“People just don’t like that she’s there,” the Salt Lake City resident added.

As readers know, Smart, 31, was extremely vocal about her opposition to Barzee’s release. The kidnapping survivor’s fears were somewhat restored after a judge ruled that Barzee is not allowed to have any contact with Smart, who is now a mother of three.

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Barzee was released from prison in September 2018. First photos of the child snatcher showed her appearing old and haggard.

The store employee added that Barzee is already beginning to know her way around the neighborhood. The worker witnessed the convicted kidnapper talking to a female neighbor outside in late December 2018.

“She’s living in a house that is full of sex offenders, so it’s not just her living alone,” the employee confirmed.

Would you be terrified of living near Barzee? Sound off in the comments.

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