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(LAKESIDE, Calif.) — Hannah Anderson, the California teen rescued over the weekend when FBI agents shot and killed her suspected kidnapper in Idaho, arrived unexpectedly Thursday evening at a fundraiser to benefit her and help pay for the funeral expenses of her mother and brother.

In her first public appearance since the rescue, Anderson, 16, arrived at the Boll Weevil restaurant in Lakeside, Calif., shortly after 4 p.m. PT, according to ABC News affiliate KGTV. She made no statement as she walked into the fundraiser, which was closed to the media.

Her father, Brett Anderson, told reporters, “Hannah sends her love. She’s doing good day by day. And we’ll just keep moving forward from here.”

“Right now, we’re just looking for her future and [getting] her settled,” he added.

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The fundraiser was to benefit Hannah Anderson and help pay funeral costs for her mother, Christina Anderson, 44, and younger brother, Ethan, 8, who were killed as she was kidnapped Aug. 4 by James DiMaggio, 40, a family friend.

A handwritten note was recovered from the scorched home where DiMaggio tortured and killed Hannah’s mother and brother, according to warrants released Thursday by the San Diego County Sheriff’s Office.

The content of the note was not revealed and police declined to say whether it was related to Hannah Anderson’s kidnapping.

The warrants released Thursday also revealed that DiMaggio likely used incendiary devices to set two separate fires after he “tortured and killed” Christina Anderson and Ethan.

One blaze was set in his house, where Ethan’s body was found burned beyond recognition, according to authorities. The second fire was set in DiMaggio’s garage, where Anderson was found under a tarp, according to the warrants.

After killing the pair, DiMaggio kidnapped Hannah Anderson, setting off a tense, six-day manhunt that ended last Saturday in the Idaho wilderness when FBI agents shot and killed the suspect, DiMaggio, and rescued the teen.

Anderson fielded questions about her ordeal on social media site ask.fm, but later disabled her account. A source briefed on Anderson’s case confirmed to ABC News that the posts made on the site were from the teen but was unable to confirm any of the information the teen shared.

According to Anderson, DiMaggio tricked her family into coming to his Boulevard, Calif., home.

“He told us he was losing his house because of money issues so we went up there one last time to support him, and to have fun riding go karts up there but he tricked us,” she wrote.

She added that DiMaggio tied up her mother and brother in his garage.

Authorities said that Anderson did not learn of her mother and brother’s deaths until after her rescue, when an FBI forensics interviewer told her the news.

Search warrants also revealed that both Hannah Anderson’s and DiMaggio’s phones were shut off around 4 p.m. on Aug. 4 — the day of the kidnapping and fire at DiMaggio’s home.

Authorities have said DiMaggio may have had an infatuation with the teen, and she wrote that she had been uncomfortable around him in the past but did not say anything because he was a family friend.

“He said it was more like a family crush like he had feelings as in he wanted nothing bad to happen to me,” she wrote.

A friend told investigators during an interview that the two had taken multiple day trips together, including a recent trip to Malibu and Hollywood.

DiMaggio’s sibling, Lora Robinson, made multiple calls to DiMaggio’s phone on the day of the crime, according to the warrants, however police reiterated that she was never a suspect.

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