Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

The Abduction of Carlie Brucia

Joseph Smith sat in a car in Sarasota, Florida, on Superbowl Sunday 2004, a bag of coke and a syringe on his lap. Future prospects: zero. He saw Carlie Brucia, 11, hurry past, and lunged. He grabbed her and forced the terrified girl into his Buick for the last ride she would ever have.

Slideshow: The Abduction of Carlie Brucia

Carlie Brucia disappeared on Super Bowl Sunday 2004. Though her mother called 911 immediately, the amber alert was not issued until 18 hours later when police found a surveillance video of the girl’s abduction. By then it was too late.

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