Kidnapper to be freed
SALT LAKE CITY — A woman convicted of helping a former street preacher kidnap Elizabeth Smart in 2002 will be freed from prison more than five years earlier than expected, a surprise decision that Smart called “incomprehensible” on Tuesday.
Wanda Barzee, 72, will be released Sept. 19 after the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole determined it had miscalculated her prison time.
Smart, now 30, said in a statement she was “surprised and disappointed” to learn that Barzee will be freed next week.
Hiker killed by cougar
PORTLAND – Authorities said a dead hiker whose body was recovered this week was likely killed by a cougar, marking the first fatal attack by a wild cougar in Oregon and the second in the Pacific Northwest this year.
Search and rescue teams found the body of Diana Bober, 55, on Monday off a trail in the Mount Hood National Forest in Welches. Her body was several miles from where searchers found her car last week near a ranger station.
Oregon wildlife officials are attempting to find and kill the animal.