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Elizabeth Smart brings attention to cases of three missing Utahns

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Posted at 6:19 PM, Nov 25, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-25 20:21:05-05

SALT LAKE CITY -- A group of families in Utah is especially grateful to one person who used her fame to bring attention to their pain.

No one would begrudge Elizabeth Smart if she chose to live entirely out of the spotlight, but the soft-spoken survivor spent the day before Thanksgiving with three families of missing Utahns.

At one point, Smart spoke as if Macin Smith, Nicole Harris and Elizabeth Salgado were listening.

"Never give up hope," she said. "Never stop doing anything you have to do in order to survive, because there is life after this."

Macin Smith is a 17-year-old who left his St. George home on September 1 and never got on his school bus. He's 6'4" tall and weighs about 200 pounds.

Nicole Harris is a 41-year-old wife and mother who was last seen on October 24 at her home in Provo.

Elizabeth Salgado is 26. She disappeared on her way home from a language school she attended in Provo.

Family or friends of each person spoke, including Salgado's uncle, Rosemberg Salgado, who said they'll never give up looking until Elizabeth is found.

"Every day we wake up with the attitude that we're going to be able to find my niece, and every night we go to bed knowing that she is still missing," he said.