"He was quiet and well-spoken; there was nothing aggressive about him," Adkisson said. "He was never offensive, but I think he needed mental help. He may have abducted Elizabeth because he was thinking about having another wife."
Salt Lake City Police Chief Rick Dinse said Mitchell had an interest in polygamy.
"He did believe in polygamy, but I do not want to attach his relationship to Elizabeth in that fashion," he said.
The couple were once active Mormons, excommunicated for offenses that the church would not detail.
"We can't talk about the time they were excommunicated or the reasons behind it," said Michael Otterson, a spokesman for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. "A person can lose his position in the church for a number of reasons -- child abuse, adultery or apostasy."
As news spread about Mitchell and Barzee, many residents of this tight-knit city were shocked to discover how close they had come to Elizabeth.