Authorities had issued a Gold Alert for Smith after relatives reported her missing Tuesday night. She had last been seen getting into her car around 11 a.m. that day.
Investigators said Smith’s ordeal began after two girls approached her at the Chicken Man convenience store in Milford and asked for a ride to the Lincoln area.
Smith agreed to give the girls a ride, but when they arrived at a residence, they demanded her car keys, then forced her into the trunk of the car before driving off. They later took more than $500 from her coat pocket.
At some point, the two girls picked up the 17-year-old boys and showed them that Smith was in the trunk.
After spending almost two days trapped in the trunk, Smith was dropped off at the cemetery, police said.