Associated Press, Published August 10 2013
Teen found safe in Idaho; alleged abductor killed
James Lee DiMaggio, 40, was killed at the north end of Morehead Lake, San Diego County Sheriff William D. Gore said. The shooting came after officers participating in a massive manhunt spotted a campsite from the air and an FBI hostage recovery team was sent to the site.
The FBI said it was sending a team to investigate what unfolded before, during and after the shooting roughly 40 miles from the tiny town of Cascade. Authorities offered few details Saturday night.
“In this case our team faced a very challenging situation,” said Mary Rook, the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Salt Lake City division. “Now that Hannah is safe and being evaluated in a medical facility, the FBI is working with Hannah and her family to get them the resources that they need.”
Gore said members of the San Diego sheriff’s office notified Hannah’s father that she was rescued Saturday afternoon.
“He was very relieved and very excited and looking forward to being reunited with his daughter,” Gore said.
Plans were being made to reunite the two as soon as possible, he said.
Hannah has no apparent physical injuries, but she was taken to a hospital where crisis counselors and health care providers would assist her.
“We will make sure she gets as much care as possible, physically and emotionally,” said Andrea Dearden, a spokeswoman from the Ada County Sheriff’s Department who has been leading the communication team for the joint effort to find the teenager in Valley County, Idaho.
Dearden said she didn’t know if DiMaggio had fired at officers but there were no reports of any injuries to authorities involved in the encounter.
The teen and DiMaggio were spotted not far from where a horseback rider had reported seeing the pair Wednesday, Dearden said. The rider didn’t realize the pair were being sought until he got home and recognized them in news reports, she said.
DiMaggio’s car was found Friday morning parked where a dirt road ends and the Sand Creek trailhead enters the wilderness area.
Detectives with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department finished searching DiMaggio’s car Saturday afternoon.
Federal and local law enforcement spent Saturday combing through Idaho’s rugged Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness in search of Anderson and DiMaggio. The wilderness is the largest roadless area in the Lower 48 states, sprawling across central Idaho and reaching north to the Montana border.
DiMaggio is suspected of killing Hannah’s mother, 44-year-old Christina Anderson, and Hannah’s 8-year-old brother Ethan Anderson, whose bodies were found Sunday night in DiMaggio’s burning house in California near the Mexico border.
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