NEW YORK, Oct. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- In an interview to be broadcast as part of a CBS special, ELIZABETH SMART: AMERICA'S GIRL, Ed and Lois Smart recount from the set of the upcoming television movie, "The Elizabeth Smart Story," the details of the events surrounding their daughter's abduction and her miraculous return to her family. The special will be broadcast Saturday, Oct. 18 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. "Most children, when they're abducted, they're dead within 24-72 hours, so that time frame became so incredibly important," says Ed Smart, revealing what was going through his mind and the mind of his wife, Lois Smart, when they first learned that their daughter was missing. "And what can we do to find her? And how are we going to stop this? And what can you do to stop this?" As the days turned into months, the Smart's devotion to finding their daughter never wavered. "We never gave up hope, but the thoughts go through your mind," says Lois Smart, adding, "It had been a very long time. And to say that that never crossed our mind, I think, is not possible." The special chronicles the mysterious disappearance of Elizabeth Smart through exclusive interviews with family members as well as with individuals who played a vital role in Elizabeth's return. The special also details how the Smarts were under suspicion by the police and how Elizabeth's sister, Mary Katherine, came to the stunning realization of who took Elizabeth. In addition, the Smarts reveal for the first time details of how they discovered Elizabeth had been found. The special will also feature never-before-seen footage of the Smarts as they prepare to watch their story re-created in "The Elizabeth Smart Story," to be broadcast as the "CBS Sunday Movie", Sunday, Nov. 9 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. ELIZABETH SMART: AMERICA'S GIRL also includes interviews with actors Dylan Baker and Lindsay Frost, who portray Ed and Lois Smart in the film and who share their thoughts on what it was like to meet the Smarts and re-create their story for television. Recalling the day their journey to find Elizabeth finally came to end, Ed Smart says he received a cryptic call and was told to come directly down to the Sandy City Police. "As I entered the door, there was this row of police officers all standing at attention watching me as I came in," says Smart, who believed he was there to identify someone. "And they opened the door ... And there's this girl sitting on this sofa with her arms folded, sitting very quietly. This girl was not the Elizabeth I knew. It was a girl who had grown tremendously. And she was ... almost in shock. And I just thought well, I'm gonna make a fool of myself but I can't help it. And I went over there and I grabbed her. And just started crying and crying and crying ... And then I thought ... is this really her? And I just, you know, held her back for a second. And I said, 'Is it really you, Elizabeth?' And she said, 'Yes dad.' And the tears were non-stop." Lois Smart was at home, still unaware Elizabeth had been found when Ed called with the news. After her eldest son Charles drove his mother to the police station, Lois Smart walked into the room and saw Elizabeth for the first time. "She was sobbing and I was crying. It was a shock to see her again, because she had grown ... It was like a different girl had come back. But her spirit was there. That sweetness was there," she recalls. After their emotional reunion, the Smarts tried to reclaim their lives but found themselves flooded with book and movie offers. Commenting on their decision to become involved in a movie project about their experience, Lois Smart says, "After she (Elizabeth) came back to us, people started knocking on our door, handing us book proposals, movie offers ... telling us we want to tell your story. This was nothing that we had intended to do." Ed Smart adds, "But it went from that, from handing them out, to almost threatening." As a result, the Smarts decided to tell the story of what truly happened to them and how they never gave up hope in their quest to find Elizabeth. Ed Smart continues, "When the bottom line comes, we believe that Elizabeth was helped ... through the media, through these people, through our families, through the community, through the nation, through all of those prayers that really brought her back." ELIZABETH SMART: AMERICA'S GIRL was produced by CBS EYE too Productions. Margery Baker is executive producer. Note: 48 HOURS will return to its regularly scheduled time period on Saturday, October 25.
SOURCE CBS Television