Rescued San Diego-Area Teen Reunited With Dad In Idaho
SAN DIEGO (CBSLA.com) — A 16-year-old San Diego-area teen was reunited Sunday with her father in Idaho a week after she was reportedly abducted.
Hannah Anderson was taken to a hospital after being found alive at a campsite about 40 miles from Cascade on Saturday evening.
It is not known when her father arrived to meet his daughter, but family confirmed the meeting had taken place.
At the time of her rescue, the teen appeared to be physically okay, according to Andrea Dearden, spokeswoman for the Ada County Sheriff’s Office. Anderson was flown from the campsite to a nearby hospital.
“Hannah is safe and that’s the best outcome that we were hoping for … our top priority,” Dearden said.
Her alleged abductor, 40-year-old James Lee DiMaggio, was shot and killed by an FBI agent.
KNX 1070’s Ed Mertz reports that DiMaggio’s death occurred 15 years to the day his father died from a reported drug-induced suicide.
Anderson went missing last Sunday when the bodies of her mother and 8-year-old brother were found in DiMaggio’s burned out home.
DiMaggio, who had been a family friend for years, allegedly had a strange infatuation with the teen, according to those who knew the suspect.
On Saturday, relatives of Anderson were elated after learning the teen was found alive.
“The most wonderful feeling I think I’ve ever felt except the birth of my daughter,” said the teen’s grandmother, who added that the moment was bittersweet. “Now we have to focus on burying my daughter and my grandson who were murdered.”
Mertz reported that Hannah’s father, Brett Anderson, said he “almost collapsed” when he heard the news of his daughter’s rescue. Anderson also said he had very mixed emotions after losing his wife and son allegedly at the hands of DiMaggio.
Meanwhile, in Idaho four horseback riders who encountered DiMaggio and Anderson sensed something was “off.” They said the girl wouldn’t look at them and DiMaggio was very nervous and kept his arm around her waist.
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