There were reports that the Smart family felt police had not devoted enough attention to finding Mitchell, but today Ed Smart was too happy to really criticize anyone.
"I believe that some mistakes were made, but I know that they were trying," he said. "We've got Elizabeth back, and that's the important thing."
Mitchell and Barzee were booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of aggravated kidnapping, which carries a sentence of up to life in prison. Mitchell was also being held on an outstanding warrant for retail theft. The motive for the alleged kidnapping also remains unclear.
Salt Lake County Assistant District Attorney Kent Morgan said there would be no formal charges filed until at least Monday. Federal prosecutors could also file charges if Elizabeth was taken out of Utah.
Elizabeth was found Wednesday in Sandy City, Utah — about 15 miles from her home — with Mitchell and Barzee, police said. Two women, Nancy Montoya and Anita Dickerson, called police separately after they and their husbands recognized Emmanuel from a sketch and photos they had seen on television. Elizabeth's blond hair was concealed by a veil and a wig, and she was wearing jeans and dirty clothes, police said.
Police called to the scene confronted the three. When police first questioned the group at the side of the road, Mitchell — who said his name was Peter Marshall — claimed Elizabeth was his daughter, and Elizabeth called the couple her parents, Sandy Police Officer Troy Rasmussen said.
"She only admitted right it at the last moment," said Sgt. Victor Quezada. "She was very nervous-looking, she wouldn't look at us directly. … We kept telling her, 'We know it's you, Elizabeth. Just let us know who you are. You're safe now.' Then she said to us, 'Thou sayeth. I'll say it,' which took me aback because I didn't expect to hear that."
Salt Lake City police ultimately confirmed her identity.
Glimpse of a Life on the Run
Elizabeth, then 14, was kidnapped early June 5, 2002, by a man who apparently entered the the Smart house by cutting a window screen near the back door. She was taken from the bedroom she shared with Mary Katherine, then 9, who pretended to be asleep. The younger girl told authorities she heard the man threaten to hurt Elizabeth if the teen didn't keep quiet. Mary Katherine also said she thought the intruder had a gun.
A videotape acquired by ABCNEWS gives a disturbing glimpse of the life Elizabeth might have been forced to lead since she was taken from her family.
The video, shot by a local photographer, shows a bearded man in white robes with two females who not only wear white robes, but have their heads covered and their faces hidden behind veils.
The photographer, Nanda Sookhai, said he shot the video because the people seemed so out of place in a Salt Lake City park.
"They were quite outstanding in their dress, that they were all white, the outfit that is," Sookhai said today on Good Morning America. "They were just these three people sitting there by themselves, you know, at a picnic table, doing nothing. It just looks like they were relaxing, really."
A young man who let the trio stay in his apartment for four days in October to get out of the cold said Mitchell told him Elizabeth, whose face was hidden by a veil, was his daughter.
"I had never met her previously when I first met him, but when I asked her name, he interrupted her really quick and got nervous and said don't tell him your name," Daniel Trotta said today on Good Morning America. "He's like, call her 'my love' or 'my joy,' something like that."
Trotta said he went to police on Sunday, after seeing Mitchell's photograph in an America's Most Wanted television program segment on the Elizabeth Smart case.
A veiled Elizabeth and her alleged captors were also photographed at a party where Mitchell reportedly used drugs. ABCNEWS' Bill Redeker contributed to this report.