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SoCal Amber Alert Suspect Killed in Idaho

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James Lee DiMaggio, left, and siblings Ethan, 8, and Hannah Anderson, 16.

James DiMaggio, the man suspected of kidnapping 16-year-old Hannah Anderson, was killed in Idaho by FBI agents after a six-day manhunt.

Hannah was rescued and did not appear to have any significant physical injuries.

DiMaggio was also accused of killing Anderson’s mother and her 8-year-old brother, Ethan, before abducting the teen.

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LAKESIDE, Calif. — Days after being rescued in the Idaho wilderness when an FBI agent shot her abductor dead, 16-year-old Hannah Anderson attended a fundraiser Thursday for her and her family near their Southern California home.

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Hannah Anderson (center) arrives for fundraiser at Boll Weevil restaurant in Lakeside.

The teenager could be seen entering the Boll Weevil restaurant in Lakeside, a community of about 20,000 people located 20 miles northeast of San Diego.

Hannah didn’t speak publicly before entering the building, though her father later did talk to reporters. The media were invited to the fundraiser at the family-friendly restaurant but were not allowed inside.

“This is a small community that we are a part of, and the community came together putting on this great fundraiser for Hannah and hopefully for her future and healing,” Brett Anderson said, before he thanked local residents, family and friends, the media and law enforcement. “This is how Lakeside rolls.”

SAN DIEGO — Hannah Anderson’s mother and brother were “tortured and killed” before the 16-year-old San Diego County teen was abducted from cheerleading practice, according to search warrants released Wednesday.

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File photo: Hannah Anderson

Authorities did not elaborate on how the torture was carried out, but the warrants reveal some gruesome details of what investigators discovered when they responded to a fire at suspect James Lee DiMaggio’s home.

Authorities found a crowbar near Christina Anderson’s body, with blood near her head. The body of Hannah’s brother, Ethan, was found burned. The family dog was found shot to death under a sleeping bag.

The warrants shed light on the Anderson family’s relationship with DiMaggio, a 40-year-old telecommunications technician, who the children called Uncle Jim. Hannah’s mom was described in one search warrant as DiMaggio’s “best friend’s wife.”

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SAN DIEGO (KTLA) — Hannah Anderson’s mother and brother were dead before suspected kidnapper James DiMaggio set his home on fire with the victims inside, according to search warrants released Wednesday.

Authorities responded to a call of a fire at the residence in the town of Boulevard just after 8 p.m. on Aug. 4.

They found 44-year-old Christina Anderson face down in the garage.  Her body was covered by a tarp and a crowbar was found near her head, the warrant stated.

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Hannah Anderson, 16

The burned remains of 8-year-old Ethan Anderson were found inside the house.

The documents state that Hannah was picked up at cheerleading practice at Sweetwater High School four hours before the fire was reported.

It was not clear who picked her up.

The warrant also showed that earlier that day a welfare check was conducted at the Anderson’s apartment, but no one was home.

It was not known who requested the check.

Authorities used a telephonic search warrant to track DiMaggio’s phone records after Hannah’s disappearance.

On the day of the fire the warrant showed DiMaggio and the 16-year-old exchanged 13 calls.

Authorities also found that DiMaggio’s sister, Lora Robinson, made an unusually high number of calls to his phone on the day of the crime.

The documents also state that investigators learned through Hannah’s friends that DiMaggio had taken her on multiple day trips in the past.

The most recent outing was to Malibu and Hollywood.

DiMaggio was shot five times during an arrest attempt with federal agents in Idaho. Hannah was not injured.

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Hannah Anderson, 16

SAN DIEGO — A person claiming to be 16-year-old Hannah Anderson was answering hundreds of questions on Ask.fm and other social media sites Tuesday about her kidnapping ordeal at the hands of 40-year-old James DiMaggio.

Officials from the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department declined to confirm or deny that the posts were from Hannah, but added that investigators are aware of them and are in contact with the Anderson family.

Most of the comments were positive and supportive.   One person posted on the site: “You don’t know me and I’m not sure I should say this because I want you to heal. I never stopped thinking about you this past week. The sheriffs did everything they could and I personally thank them for finding them.”

Questions apparently posted by reporters were rebuffed. “Please leave me alone,” responded the person claiming to be Hannah.

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SAN DIEGO — For six days, Hannah Anderson was at the mercy of her kidnapper, a family friend who spirited her away to the Idaho backcountry in a blue Nissan Versa. He carried a rifle. He made threats. But he never told her about the gruesome scene he left in San Diego County.

HannahNot until FBI agents gunned down James DiMaggio and began to interview Hannah did she learn the fate of her mother and younger brother, authorities said. DiMaggio, they said, killed them on his sprawling property near the Mexican border before setting off with Hannah, 16, and his gray cat.

Although authorities have released few details of Hannah’s ordeal, they said Monday that she played no part in the killings. Earlier in the search, they had been uncertain whether she went with DiMaggio willingly.

“I want to emphasize that during our law enforcement interviews with Hannah, it became very clear to us that she is a victim in every sense of the word in this horrific crime. She was not a willing participant,” San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore told reporters.

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James Lee DiMaggio
(San Diego Sheriff’s Dept.)

CASCADE, Idaho (KTLA) — Many questions remained on Monday in the wake of the rescue of San Diego teen in Idaho, after her alleged abductor was shot and killed by FBI agents.

The events brought to an end the nearly week-long search for kidnapping and murder suspect James DiMaggio, 40.

Sixteen-year-old Hannah Anderson went missing after cheerleading practice in San Diego County on Saturday, Aug. 3.

The next day, the bodies of her mother, Christina Anderson, 42, and her 8-year-old brother, Ethan, were found about 45 miles east in DiMaggio’s burned-out house.

The remains of a dog were also recovered, police said.

The discovery spurred an Amber Alert and a multi-state manhunt.

The search zeroed in on central Idaho on Friday after the discovery of DiMaggio’s blue Nissan Versa outside the city of Cascade.

Then, a tip from horseback riders sent FBI agents swarming a campsite near Morehead Lake, deep in the Idaho wilderness.

They reported having a brief conversation with the pair while riding through the back country last Wednesday.

“Just like a square peg going into a round hole — it didn’t fit,” one of the riders, Mark Johnson said, recalling how the pair stuck out.

“He might have been an outdoorsman in California, but he was not an outdoorsman in Idaho, and he didn’t fit,” Johnson said.

The riders contacted authorities after seeing the Amber Alert on the news.

Authorities spotted the pair’s campsite late Saturday afternoon, but the steep terrain forced helicopters to drop rescuers off some distance away.

Hostage rescue teams hiked more than two hours to get to the scene, officials from local sheriff’s departments said.

They moved in carefully so they wouldn’t alert DiMaggio that they were coming. Hannah was ushered to an area where a helicopter could take her away.

At some point, there was a confrontation that ended when an FBI tactical agent shot and killed DiMaggio, authorities said.

Hannah did not appear to have any significant physical injuries, and she was reunited with her father on Sunday.

Hannah was not aware that her mother and brother had been killed, San Diego Sheriff Bill Gore said on Monday.

He also said that she was being held “under duress” by DiMaggio.

Meantime, more clues were emerging into DiMaggio’s state of mind as the investigation continued.

A friend of Hannah’s told CNN that she was in a car with the pair a few months back when DiMaggio admitted that he had a crush on the teen.

The friend said Hannah did not tell her mother because she didn’t want to ruin the family’s close relationship with the man they referred to as “Uncle Jim.”

Also, DiMaggio had reportedly just lost his home in Boulevard, in rural San Diego County, to foreclosure.

Friends said he had pleaded for the Andersons to visit him at the house one last time.

Finally, reports have surfaced that, back in 1989, DiMaggio’s father was convicted for an assault at a motel in El Cajon.

The victim claimed she was an ex-girlfriend of the elder DiMaggio, and that she broke up with him after he professed his love for her then-16-year-old daughter.

Some of James DiMaggio’s friends also said they had feared he wanted to die on Saturday, Aug. 10.

That was the same day, they said, that his father took his own life in a drug-induced suicide back in 1995.

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.

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Hannah Anderson was rescued Saturday

“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.

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Hannah’s grandmother Sara Britt (Right) spoke to reporters Saturday

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.

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.

Kidnapping suspect James Lee DiMaggio appeared to be fortifying a patch of wilderness in Idaho when he was fatally shot by an FBI agent Saturday in a raid that recovered 16-year-old  Hannah Anderson unharmed, law enforcement sources told The Los Angeles Times.

Authorities have released few details about how DiMaggio was killed.

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James DiMaggio and Hannah Anderson.

But sources said that before the confrontation, authorities had observed DiMaggio moving some wood and other materials around, possibly to fortify his position or make the hideout harder to see from the air.

DiMaggio and Hannah were found with some camp gear, including a blue tent, the sources said.

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