Suspect in Hannah Anderson Kidnapping Killed; Teen Found Safe
CASCADE, Idaho (KTLA) — James Lee DiMaggio, the man suspected of kidnapping 16-year-old Hannah Anderson, was killed Saturday during an arrest attempt in Idaho and Hannah was found safe, law enforcement officials said.
DiMaggio, 40, was shot and killed by an FBI tactical agent about 4 p.m. in a remote area near the town of Cascade, San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore said at a news conference.
The alleged kidnapper’s campsite was found near Morehead Lake, in Idaho’s Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. It was initially spotted by two U.S. Marshals in a surveillance plane, Gore said.
“Obviously we would have liked Mr. DiMaggio to surrender and face justice in a court of law,” he said, “but that was not the case.”
Hannah was transported to a hospital for evaluation and “appears to be in pretty good shape,” he said.
“We will make sure she gets as much care as possible, physically and emotionally,” Andrea Dearden, a spokeswoman for the Ada County Sheriff’s Department, said.
Hannah was expected to be reunited with her father, Brett Anderson, sometime Sunday.
“I am nervous, excited and saddened for my wife and son and worried what my daughter has been through,” Anderson said in a text sent to CNN. “It’s now healing time. Keep us in your prayers.”
Search teams on horseback had spread out across a rugged 300-square-mile area earlier Saturday in the attempt to find Hannah and DiMaggio, authorities said.
Police set up checkpoints on roads in the area and helicopters were brought in to assist with the massive manhunt, which included more than 270 law enforcement officials.
The search effort was launched a day earlier after a horseback rider near Cascade reported coming across a man and a young woman who matched the description of DiMaggio and Hannah on Wednesday, Gore said.
The man struck up a brief conversation with them, Dearden said.
“They did speak and exchange pleasantries. I don’t think there was a lot of information exchanged,” Dearden said. “He left the conversation believing they were camping in the area.”
The horseman said the man and girl were hiking with camping gear, Dearden said.
He called the Amber Alert tip line after he saw a news account of the search later that night.
A search of the area Friday turned up a blue, four-door Nissan Versa belonging to DiMaggio.
The car was hidden by brush, with its license plates removed, Gore said.
Authorities confirmed the car’s ownership by its vehicle identification number.
DiMaggio was being sought in the murders of Christina Anderson and her 8-year-old son, Ethan, as well as the abduction of Hannah, her daughter.