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CASCADE, Idaho (KTLA) – The horseback riders who first spotted Hannah Anderson and her alleged kidnapper James Lee DiMaggio in the Idaho Wilderness spoke to reporters Sunday afternoon, saying Anderson and DiMaggio seemed out of place.

The two pistol-packing couples said they knew the area well and were traveling through the wilderness when they encountered Hannah, 16, and the 40-year-old alleged kidnapper.

“She kinda had a scared look of her face. I just had a gut feeling about him,” Mike Young, who owns a ranch in Idaho, said.

“They weren’t friendly and they didn’t talk,” said Mark John, a rancher and ex-sheriff.

John admitted he was glad he had been able to help authorities find the missing teenager.

“It makes me feel really great that this girl was found and she’s safe, ” he said.

The encounter happened Wednesday, and it wasn’t until the horseback riders got home Thursday night that they learned an Amber Alert had been issued for Anderson and DiMaggio and called law enforcement.

Meanwhile in an interview with Fox News, Hannah’s father said he was eager to see his daughter.

“I’m ecstatic that my daughter and I will soon be reunited,” Brett Anderson said.

“I’m worried about what my daughter has been put through.”

DiMaggio was killed Saturday during an arrest attempt in Idaho and Hannah was found safe, law enforcement officials said.

He was fatally shot 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.

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  • anonymous

    how funny reports first say the couple said Hannah looked fine and not under distress. case sounded fishey from the start