Ed Smart is on Starting Point talking with Zoraida Sambolin and Christine Romans. He is the father of Elizabeth Smart, who was rescued after being kidnapped back in June 2002, and was rescued nine months later. Ed Smart called the rescue of the women "three miracles," and hopes that the women take time to bond with their families, and "find their new place in the world."
Ed Smart believes the most important advice he could give the victims and their families is to tell them that this is not their faults, despite any type of guilt or responsibility their captures may have placed on them. He states that, "This was a segment in their lives, and they have their entire lives ahead of them."
Smart believes that ultimately the most important thing is to make sure that justice is served, and that these captures cannot do this again.
Former America's Most Wanted Host John Walsh, whose son was abducted and killed in 1981, is a longtime advocate for missing children. He weighs in on the case. Walsh says he is thrilled to see that these three women and a child are alive.
His advice to the kidnapping victims is to avoid TV interviews and get psychological counseling for their trauma first. “Do not do the news shows,” he says. “Don’t do it till you’re ready, don’t do it till you think you can mentally handle it. That's the best way to recover from ten years of confinement, and fear of being—either being killed or kept there for the rest of your life.”
A desperate search underway now for a missing teacher in New Orleans.
Terrilynn Monette, a 26-year-old from Long Beach, Calif., vanished nearly two weeks ago in Louisiana. She was with friends at a bar to celebrate having just been nominated for a "Teacher of the Year" award. She told friends she was going to take a nap in her car before driving home, and hasn't been seen or heard from since.
On "Starting Point" this morning, Monette's mother Toni Enclade talks with Soledad O'Brien about the search and why she believes someone abducted her daughter.
"So far I haven't received any information," Enclade says. "I just know they have requested Equusearch to come out and assist in the search for her, they should be arriving this morning so they can search the bodies of water to check to see if there are any signs possibly of her or her car."
Enclade explains that between Terrilynn, her and her other daughter, the family was very close. She fears someone took her daughter against her will. She sends a message to whomever may have abducted her daughter.
"Please bring my baby back home to me, please," She says through tears. "It's very hard. I can't sleep at night. I can't eat. I keep thinking about my child and where she could be. I just want her back. So please, if you're listening and watching this, please bring Terrilynn home. Please that's all I want. I want her home."