SAN DIEGO – The 16-year-old Lakeside girl who was rescued in rural Idaho following the fatal shooting of the suspect in her abduction and in the slayings of her mother and brother was reunited with her father in Idaho.
Hannah Anderson’s grandparents told 10News that Brett Anderson left San Diego this morning to head to Idaho for the reunion.
The El Capitan High School student, who appeared unharmed, was taken to an undisclosed local hospital for a medical evaluation after being rescued from a remote area east of Cascade, Idaho on Saturday, following a FBI tactical
agent’s fatal shooting of the suspect, 40-year-old James Lee DiMaggio, San Diego Sheriff Bill Gore said Saturday evening.
Authorities began looking for the pair in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Area after four people riding horses spoke with a man and a teenage girl they later found out matched the descriptions of DiMaggio and Hannah.
DiMaggio’s blue 2013 Nissan Versa was found about five miles from where the riders spotted the pair Friday morning, and was searched by a bomb squad over concerns that the suspect might have booby-trapped it.
Three U.S. Marshals later spotted DiMaggio’s campsite by helicopter.
DiMaggio was suspected of killing the Hannah’s mother, 44-year-old Christina Anderson, and her 8-year-old brother, Ethan, last weekend at his Boulevard home before setting it on fire. The victims’ bodies and that of their dog were found in the burned-out log cabin- style residence.
Law enforcement officials have not determined a motive for the slayings.
DiMaggio was a longtime friend of the Anderson family. Friends of Hannah’s told news outlets that DiMaggio at times seemed infatuated with her and that she had been feeling increasingly uncomfortable about his attitude toward her.
Brett Anderson, said in a broadcast interview that he “almost collapsed” when he heard his daughter was rescued.
“I have very mixed emotions,” Anderson said in reference to the loss of his wife and son. “But something good came out of something horrible.”
In a text message sent to CNN, he said he was “nervous excited saddened for my wife and son and worried what my daughter has been through.
“It’s now healing time. Keep us in your prayers,” Anderson wrote.