Kidnapping victim rescued after showdown in Idaho mountains

Posted on: 4:15 pm, August 12, 2013, by


SAN DIEGO — We are learning more tonight about the FBI rescue mission to save 16-year-old Hannah Anderson from the family friend who police say kidnapped her after killing her mom and eight-year-old brother.

The teenager has been reunited with her father. His wife and eight-year-old son are gone.

“I’m very proud of her and i love her very much,” said Brett Anderson, father of Hannah.

And this afternoon Brett Anderson said his daughter Hannah, kidnapped by the man accused of killing her mom and brother, is beginning a long and difficult recovery.

“The healing process will be slow, she has been a through tremendous horrific ordeal,” said Anderson.

After being held captive for a week by James Lee DiMaggio, investigators now say Hannah didn’t know her mom and little brother had been killed.

As DiMaggio took her from California — into the rugged mountains of Idaho – where a group of horseback riders spotted the pair and called police.

It lasted until late Saturday when FBI hostage recovery teams located their campsite and moved in – killing DiMaggio during the rescue.

“She revealed that DiMaggio had a rifle and that he fired at least one round prior to being shot and killed by the FBI hostage team rifleman,” said San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore.

“When you get a completely irrational act like we’ve seen here with two murders and the kidnapping sometimes you’re not going to be able to come up with a rational explanation of what happened,” said Gore.

“Now it’s time for us to grieve and move on to healing process,” said her father Brett Anderson.

That may be most difficult for those closest to the tragedy.

From earlier today:
IDAHO – A California teenager kidnapped by the man believed to have murdered her mother and younger brother has been rescued.

A group of horseback riders were the first to spot James Lee DiMaggio and Hannah Anderson in the Idaho backwoods Thursday.

The riders called police, giving rescue teams a place to focus their search in the vast wilderness.

After spotting their campsite from the air, federal agents hiked two-and-half hours through the rugged terrain and moved in.

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