The Utah Association of Counties which concluded their 2015 convention on November 13th at the Dixie Center, had Elizabeth Smart as their keynote speaker. Elizabeth was abducted on June 5, 2002 and ended up being the most followed child abduction case of our time. Her captors managed to control her by threatening to kill her and her family if she tried to escape. After nine grueling months of being held captive, someone recognized her and on March 12, 2003 she was safely returned back to her family with the help of law enforcement.
Elizabeth’s abduction and recovery continues to motivate parents, law enforcement and leaders worldwide to focus on children’s safety. She emphasizes vigilance by everyday people and the belief that hope always exists in the search of a missing child.
Elizabeth went on to complete her education at Brigham Young University and in 2012 got married. Today she continues to be an advocate for change related to child abduction, recovery programs and National legislation.
After hosting a successful convention, they concluded their closing banquet with the talents of country artist, Collin Raye, one of the true hit makers of the 1990’s . His soulful delivery can be enjoyed in searing ballads as “Love Me”, “In This Life”, “Not That Different” and “If I Were You”. His electrifying performance ended a vibrant and exciting three days of meetings and seminars enjoyed by the official members representing the State of Utah’s coalition of counties.