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Published On: Sun, Aug 11th, 2013

Hannah Anderson rescued as kidnapper James DiMaggio killed during FBI showdown in Idaho

James DiMaggio’s death and Hannah Anderson’s rescue late Saturday afternoon ended a frantic, week long manhunt.

After Hannah’s mother Christina and brother Ethan were found dead, authorities issued an Amber Alert to find Christina’s boyfriend, James Lee DiMaggio.

Hannah and Ethan Anderson

Hannah and Ethan Anderson

FBI agent fatally shot the man in a remote Idaho wilderness area. Law enforcement officials offered few other details on the shooting.

Anderson, age 16, appeared to be uninjured and was reunited soon with her father, Brett Anderson, at a hospital.

“It’s now healing time,” the girl’s father said in a text message to CNN.

Horseback riders on Sunday described multiple “red flags” that were raised during their brief interaction with the pair, including their brand-new camping equipment and the pajama-like bottoms Hannah was wearing.

Mark John recalled the interaction as “just like a square peg going into a round hole. They didn’t fit.”

Another rider, Mike Young, said it looked like Hannah “had a scared look on her face,” adding about DiMaggio: “I just had a gut feeling about him.”

naware of the Amber Alert, however, the horseback riders continued on, and only after seeing a news report on the pair upon returning home did the group put the puzzle pieces together.

“When I seen that picture on the screen, I told my wife, I said, ‘That is the girl that was up on that mountain,'” John recalled.

Hundreds of law enforcement agents scoured 300 square miles of rough terrain, hampered by the smoke from nearby wildfires.

“Hannah’s safe, and that’s the best outcome we were hoping for,” Andrea Dearden, a spokeswoman for the Ada County Sheriff’s Department, said during a Sunday news briefing.

“I am nervous, excited and saddened for my wife and son and worried what my daughter has been through,” said Brett Anderson.

 

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