Missing Ohio women among other high-profile child abductions

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    UNDATED (CNN) -- Three women who were kidnapped in separate incidents almost a decade ago have been rescued. But this isn't the first high profile child abduction cases that have come to light recently.

    Elizabeth Smart is the angelic face of abducted children who survived hell on earth. Unwavering determination after Brian Mitchell was sentenced to life in prison for abducting and raping her for nine months. She says, "I would like to once again express my gratitude to anyone who ever prayed for me, who ever searched for me that ever put in time, thinking about me that made an effort to try and bring me home."

    Coming home has happened before in the worst of child abduction cases. Shawn Hornbeck says, "When I was 11 years old, I was riding my bike, when I was kidnapped by a stranger."

    Hornbeck lost his childhood to kidnapper Michael Devlin in Missouri. He says, "I was held captive for four and a half years."

    When Devlin abducted another boy Ben Ownby it was the critical break as police tracked Devlin to his apartment and found both boys. Hornbeck has since launched his own missing children's foundation. He says, "If you see something, say something. Reach out to someone."

    Jaycee Dugard was kidnapped at age 11 held for 18 years by Phillip Garrido and his wife Nancy in northern California. Garrido fathered two children with his victim. Dugard lived as a prisoner in plain sight until a local police officer's suspicions tracked her to a secret backyard compound. Jaycee's mom Terry Probyn says, "If you see something that seems wrong or amiss, speak out. You might be wrong, but you may save someone's life."

    Dugard's mother told Piers Morgan that joy and heartache follow a kidnapped child's return. She says, "Nothing is normal after something like this happens to you. And you have to accept that fact. And you have to move forward."

    These survivors are moving ahead after living lives once frozen in fear.

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