November 15th, 2010
11:00 AM ET

Parents of abducted kids plead for action

Sarah Nicole Carden

(HLN) - "The world is really big when you're looking for a teeny little girl," said Erin Runnion, describing the helplessness she felt after her child was abducted.

Runnion's 5-year-old daughter, Samantha, disappeared from her front yard in California in July 2002. Later, the child with big brown eyes and long curls was found dead on the side of a highway. She had been raped and murdered.

Elizabeth Smart was 14 in June 2002 when she was taken at knifepoint from her bedroom, sexually assaulted and held for months against her will.

The trial for Brian David Mitchell - Smart's alleged abductor - was halted just as it got under way Thursday in Utah, in order to review the defense's request to move the trial outside the state.

Meanwhile, five parents of abducted children have gathered to share their stories with HLN's Jane Velez-Mitchell. They call themselves The Surviving Parents Coalition. They are bound together by grief, but they're turning that grief into action.

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  1. Eugenia - San Francisco

    You had Polly Klaas father Mark on the show this evening. I can never watch his interviews. When his daughter was abducted I lived about a block away. That was one of the most heartbreaking things I have ever experienced. I'll never forget the places we searched for her.

    November 16, 2010 at 1:36 am |