(SAN DIEGO, Calif.) — A California teen’s family is celebrating her safe return Sunday morning after authorities shot and killed her apparent abductor who was also suspected of murdering her mother and brother.
Hannah Anderson, 16, was rescued Saturday after an FBI agent shot and killed James Lee DiMaggio, 40, near a remote Idaho campsite after a massive search for the pair this weekend.
Sheriff Bill Gore in San Diego County, Calif., said DiMaggio was killed by an FBI agent at 4:22 p.m. Pacific time.
Anderson was located and “appears well,” Gore told reporters Saturday evening. Authorities said she was being checked out at an Idaho hospital.
DiMaggio was also suspected of killing Hannah’s mother Christina Anderson, her brother Ethan after setting his house on fire.
Hannah’s great-aunt Jennifer Willis said she can hardly wait to see her back in California
“We’re waiting, waiting for Hannah to come home,” said Willis.
Gore said Saturday Anderson’s father, Rhett Anderson, plans to be reunited with Hannah Sunday.
“Obviously, he (Rhett Anderson) is elated that we found his daughter alive,” Gore said.
The search spanned three states and thousands of miles. The suspect left with the girl last Sunday after her mother and brother were found slain at the girl’s house in California.
The pair was located Saturday near Morehead Lake, in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, the largest roadless area in the lower 48 states, sprawling across central Idaho and reaching north to the Montana border, near the town of Cascade.
Authorities were tipped off to the remote area, located about 70 miles from Boise, after a horseback rider Wednesday reported seeing a man and a teenager matching the description of DiMaggio and Hannah.
DiMaggio’s car was found covered in brush near Cascade, Idaho, on Friday, San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore said.
The blue Nissan Versa was found without license plates, but authorities were able to determine that the vehicle belonged to DiMaggio through its identification number, Gore said.
While police believed DiMaggio might be armed with explosives and could potentially use them to rig his vehicle or hideout, the Boise Police bomb squad did not find any explosive devices inside or near the car during their initial search Friday afternoon, Ada County Sheriff’s spokesman Patrick Orr said.
On Friday, the body of a child found in the Southern California home of murder and kidnapping suspect DiMaggio was positively identified as 8-year-old Ethan Anderson, who was previously thought to have been abducted, the San Diego County Sheriff’s department said.
The boy’s body was found after fire officials were called to put out a blaze at DiMaggio’s home in Boulevard, Calif., and its detached garage at around 8 p.m. August 4.
Inside one of the burned buildings, they found the body of the boy’s mother, Christina Anderson, 44, police said.
Investigators found the badly burned body of a child while searching the scorched buildings, according to the sheriff’s department, but did not confirm the body was Ethan until Friday night.
Authorities were able to identify the body after performing DNA analysis extracted through his bone marrow.
DiMaggio and Christina Anderson “were in a close platonic relationship,” according to the sheriff’s department, and officials said DiMaggio might have had an “unusual infatuation” with the teenage daughter.
An Amber Alert was in effect for both children on Friday until the second body recovered from the home where Christina Anderson was found was identified as belonging to Ethan.
Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio
Recent posts in National News