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