CASCADE, Idaho (KTLA) — After a week of waiting for information on his kidnapped daughter, Brett Anderson was reunited with 16-year-old Hannah Anderson on Sunday, her grandparents said.
“It’s now healing time,” Brett Anderson said in a text message to CNN Saturday, shortly after the teenager was rescued.
Hannah’s grandmother Sara Britt added that joy over the teen’s recovery will now give way to mourning the teen’s mother and brother.
“We have to focus on burying my daughter and my grandson who was murdered, and that’s something we’ll take a long time to deal with. But the positive note is Hannah coming home,” Britt said.
Meanwhile, authorities continued to sift through the crime scene in the Idaho wilderness, after an FBI agent fatally shot the family friend suspected of kidnapping Hannah, and killing her mother and brother.
The teen was rescued unharmed, and taken to a hospital for observation.
James Lee DiMaggio, the man suspected of kidnapping her, was killed during an arrest attempt, law enforcement officials said.
DiMaggio, 40, was 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.
“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.
The search effort in Idaho was launched 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.
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 believed to have killed Hannah’s mother Christina Anderson and her 8-year-old brother, Ethan, before taking the teenager hostage last Sunday in San Diego County.