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Update: Hannah Anderson Safe, Suspect Jim DiMaggio Killed in Idaho

Hannah “appears well” after the man accused of kidnapping her is shot dead by an FBI agent in a remote area of Idaho.

Hannah Anderson, 16, has been found safe, and her alleged abductor, Jim DiMaggio, shot dead, authorities said Saturday. Here she is with her late mother, Christina Anderson. Photo credit: Anderson family
Hannah Anderson, 16, has been found safe, and her alleged abductor, Jim DiMaggio, shot dead, authorities said Saturday. Here she is with her late mother, Christina Anderson. Photo credit: Anderson family
Hannah Anderson, the missing Lakeside teen, has been recovered safely and her alleged abductor Jim DiMaggio is dead, San Diego Sheriff Bill Gore announced Saturday evening.

Their campsite in the remote area outside Cascade, Idaho was spotted via an aerial search, Gore said, and local authorities were notified Hannah, 16, had been rescued at about 4:20 p.m. 

The area they were found in, he said, is Lake Morehead, and an FBI agent shot DiMaggio.

Hannah "appears well," Gore said he was told. Her family has been informed and father Brett Anderson is traveling to Idaho to be reunited with his surviving child.
Gore called him “very relieved, very excited.”

Hannah has not been interviewed by authorities, Gore said, because she will be evaluated by medical personnel first.

Her great aunt, Jennifer Willis, said Hannah is expected to  return home Sunday.

Family members shared hugs and smiles outside Sara Britt's Santee home late Saturday.

It's "the most wonderful feeling I think I've ever felt," said Hannah's grandmother.


FBI officials out of Salt Lake City and Idaho authorities confirmed DiMaggio's death at a news briefing in Cascade just after 6:30 p.m., but could say little else because an FBI shooting review team from Washington D.C. is headed west to evaluate the scene.

They said such a review is a routine matter when an agent is involved in a shooting. Those at the news briefing would not say how the campsite was spotted or if DiMaggio fired on police and agents before he was killed. 

There were no reports of injuries to any of the searchers, said Ada County Sheriff's spokeswoman Andrea Dearden, who added that Hannah is at an undisclosed hospital for physical and psychological evaluation. She was removed from the campsite by helicopter.

“Our top priority is to make sure she is OK in every way possible,” Dearden said.

Gore called the massive effort to find Hannah “an unprecedented response” that involved federal agencies, San Diego investigators, Idaho police and authorities pulled in from other segments of law enforcement.

He credited the media with the spreading the word about the abduction, because in Idaho as of Wednesday the Amber Alert in effect in California and three other states had not yet been declared there. 

But nationwide news coverage led to the person on horseback who had encountered DiMaggio early Wednesda to contact authorities after he returned from a remote area known as the Frank Church River of No Return. 

It is regarded as one of the most remote areas of wilderness in the country, a place where even local officials had stressed would be treacherous and difficult to search.

But agencies throughout the western United States pitched in, Gore said, including law enforcers from San Francisco and Portland. They joined federal agencies that aside from the FBI, included US marshals and Customs and Border Protection.

The news of Hannah's recovery started to break widely when the Ada County Sheriff's office tweeted at about 5:15 p.m.: “Hannah is safe. Stay tuned for more update.”

DiMaggio is accused of killing Christina Anderson, Hannah's mother, and Ethan Anderson, 8, her brother, whose bodies were found in his burned-out home in Boulevard Sunday.

As happy as Britt is about Hannah's impending return, she has still lost her daughter and one of her two grandchildren.

"We're relieved, however now we have to face burying my daughter and my grandson who was murdered and that is something we'll take a long time to deal with," she said.

“The positive note is Hannah is coming home,” she said, while sharing an embrace with her sister Jennifer Willis. “That's all we've been hoping for.”

An Amber Alert for the missing children was issued Monday evening, though by Friday authorities revealed that extensive testing had determined that the remains of a boy found in the home were Ethan's. 

Family members and loved ones hosted vigils Tuesday and Friday and said they were confident their prayers would be answered. They were mystified as to DiMaggio's motives, however.

Friends of Hannah's have said in recent weeks the dear and trusted family friend had made overtures to her and she had become increasingly uncomfortable with him.

A further note that gave Hannah's loved ones cause for concern leading into Saturday – a friend of his told CNN that Aug. 10 is the anniversary of DiMaggio's father's suicide.

It appears now that Jim DiMaggio has died the same day.

See also: Father of Missing Teen: 'Damage is Done ... Let My Daughter Go…

Aunt Pleads to Hannah Anderson's Abductor: ‘Get Her Home!’

Lakeside Woman Dead as Hopes Fade in Search for Boy, 8

SheilaR August 10, 2013 at 08:59 PM
Im so happy they found her alive!!!! This is the best news all day!!!
Status Quo August 10, 2013 at 11:05 PM
Best wishes and hopes for the remainder of the family, destroyed by the now infamous DiMaggio and his fitting end. The power of prayer, a good tip by horsemen and hard work of law enforcement must be appreciated for her safe return.
Sandiegohaunted Sandiego August 11, 2013 at 12:38 AM
any word on where donations can be sent for the family
Wake Robin August 11, 2013 at 11:23 AM
This is yet another example of Sheriff Gore "justice" he quickly guesses what happened despite no eye-witness, puts out an Amber Alert, originates a "Shoot to kill" order through his old FBI connection. The suspect is killed by a sniper like his suspects at Ruby Ridge. Then, e only eye-witness is taken into protective custody to make sure her story aligns with his narrative. Compare his early decision to declare the Shacknai case a suicide before investigating, right after hearing from Shacknai's lawyer, Paul Pfingst.
Boomer Sooner August 11, 2013 at 11:51 AM
Wake, nice to know you're staying awake and listening to the freaks on George Noory. Maybe they took him out because he found Big Foot while he was in the wilderness. Just as plausible as your diatribe.
Sandiegohaunted Sandiego August 11, 2013 at 12:23 PM
Wake has some interesting, and quite true statements however, given the situation, a shoot to kill order is valid in this case. Jim Dimaggio became an urban terrorist when he destroyed that family for his own sick sexual desires, and as such became an enemy of the United States. This reminds me of the Saving Private Ryan philosophy; at what length will you go to ensure the only remaining child is returned safe and sound? For me personally I have no problem with the FBI taking this guy out, he was evil, and the righteous delivered him to his own end.
Wake Robin August 11, 2013 at 02:17 PM
I'm glad to see that some of you are now scrutinizing this "happy. Ending" story. Some nagging questions: Until the FBI killing, what indication was there that the girl was being held against her will? What was the basis of Sheriff Gore claiming DiMaggio had access and knew how to use explosives? Wa Damaggio just a gun owner or a gun specialist? Is it true that Daggio has no criminal record? Didn't the family consider him a close friend and call him uncle. ? What is the basis of the Sheriff gore's contention of a romantic Infatuation with the girl? Did the FBI operAte under a "shoot to Kill" order based solely on Sheriff Gore's information Did the FBI offer him a chance to surrender or just shoot b like a dog
Pat P August 11, 2013 at 07:40 PM
Even if there was "no proof" Hannah was being held against her will, DiMaggio murdered and then burned up her mother and little brother. I have no problem with him being shot and killed. Just saved the taxpayers a lot of money that would have been spent on his trial and lifelong incarceration.
Wake Robin August 11, 2013 at 09:12 PM
Pat. You do not know that Dimaggio killed both those people then burned his own house any more than Sheriff Gore does. He has asserted this before any meaningful investigation was made. Do you agree that the woman hanging from the Shacknai mansion, bound and gagged committed suicide? Then you should, because Sheriff Gore said so. And you wouldn't be lamenting the taxpayers money on a fair trial if this was your son or brother accused of murder. I'm sorry, but I am amazed at this and other poster's willingness to accept an authoritarian, lawless system of justice. Did you ever attend a civics class? Do you have any loyalty to your Nation that was founded on Principles of Due Process? Or is this just all too tiresome for you?
Status Quo August 11, 2013 at 09:53 PM
"Even if there was "no proof" Hannah was being held against her will" - never mind, about all that Due Process Under the Law stuff. Throw-out that archaic and reprised concept of Due Process Under Law. NO ~ acceptance of truth, authoritarianism or lawlessness is available at this time. To set it straight 'Wake'... still need more time and information in this case. I recognize, the lawlessness with a capital 'J'.
Wake Robin August 11, 2013 at 11:34 PM
OK, SQ, I will patiently await: a) The FBI inquiry that will be dragged out for months and eventually exonerate the sniper. The FBI has not found misconduct by an agent in the last thirty years, including the cold-blooded execution of an unarmed man under interrogation just six weeks ago. b) the statement of Hannah, the ONLY eye-witness to three murders here, currently in protective custody with the FBI, c) the forensic results from the burned house. The "Authorities" have already reluctantly admitted that Dimaggio was unarmed at the time of his death by the FBI.
Pat P August 11, 2013 at 11:42 PM
Wake Robin, you must have forgotten to take your medication today. Your paranoia is showing. As a matter of fact, I think the Shacknai situation was not suicide. It was a convenient "wrap it up" by law enforcement. But anyone with a lick of sense can see that DiMaggio was a pervert who killed Hannah's mother and brother so he could run off with her. She told her friends he told her he had a "crush" on her. And as for "did I take Civics," I happen to have an advanced degree. And your flag-waving doesn't cut any ice with me, I've worked for the Fed since 1975.
Sarah Riccitelli August 12, 2013 at 02:22 AM
Sorry to play Devil's advocate but are we sure that Hannah is an innocent victim? I heard that the rider who found the pair stated that Hannah didn't appear to be held against her will. He also said that she tried to hide her face & said something along the lines of "We're in trouble now." Finally, why kill everyone else & just take her? Maybe she was in on it or it was her idea or maybe she planned to run away with him but didn't know that he would kill the family. Or maybe she's an innocent with Stockholm's Syndrome. Who knows? In any case, my condolences to the family & to her if all pans out.
Wake Robin August 12, 2013 at 10:06 AM
Sorry I got riled, Pat. Actually,Sarah, your explanation sadly makes more sense than Pat's. The killings and the escape trip have more of an "Accessory to the Crime" indication. Or...DiMaggio and Hannah may have left for their camp trip (They'd already taken a week trip together to Hollywood, presumably with Mom's acquiescence). After they left, intruders broke into the home, attacked the two, then set fire to the house. It's close to the border, isn't it? High crime area? Most likely. That's why functional law enforcement agencies conduct thorough and methodical investigations and don't jump to conclusions.
glenn bernard August 12, 2013 at 11:03 AM
the best thing to stop a bullet is a job
Armando Arciga Jr August 12, 2013 at 03:19 PM
Good job...thumbs up to that FBI agent who shot him...did us all a favor...
Rob McDaniel August 12, 2013 at 03:50 PM
Hey wake robin,it's sad reading your really stupid comments, you probably flunked out of Berkeley and now you are bad mouthing your country .most likely you are on food stamps and you are mad that that gerbil in your rump has escaped. Hope somebody knocks your teeth out
Chico&The Man August 15, 2013 at 01:06 AM
the elder DiMaggio, also named James, kidnapped an ex-girlfriend's then 16-year-old daughter. The elder DiMaggio's victim, now an adult, recently told a local TV station that her attacker professed his love for her and said he was taking her to give her a good life.there you go Robin tortured the woman and killed her 10 rounds to the head and chest is perfect ..justice...served up...idaho style...

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