It took a week to find a missing California teenager with the chase ending Saturday when FBI agents rescued the 16-year-old and shot dead the suspect in the Idaho wilderness, reports The Huffington Post.
The girl had no injuries and she is reported to be soon reunited with her family. The kidnapper, James Lee DiMaggio, 40, was killed after his campsite was found about 40 miles from the tiny town of Cascade.
The kidnapped girl was delivered to a hospital where crisis counselors and health care providers examined the state of her health. The girl’s father will arrive in Idaho on Sunday to reunite with her.
“We will make sure she gets as much care as possible, physically and emotionally,” said Andrea Dearden, a spokeswoman from the Ada County Sheriff’s Department who headed the communication team for the interagency effort in Valley County.
“Hannah is safe and that’s the best outcome we were hoping for, our top priority,” she added.
The release of the kidnapped teen was organized after FBI agents participating in a manhunt for the two spotted the campsite from the air and sent a recovery team to the site near Morehead Lake.
“No one really knows where an investigation like this will lead,” said Mary Rook, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Salt Lake City division. “In this case, our team faced a very challenging situation.”
“Now that Hannah is safe and being evaluated in a medical facility, FBI victim specialists are working with Hannah and her family to get them the resources they need as they enter this next challenging phase of this incident,” she added.
The story surfaced after police found the bodies of Hannah Anderson’s mother, Christina Anderson, 44, and her 8-year-old son, Ethan Anderson, were found in DiMaggio’s house outside San Diego.
According to reports, the killer was close to the family. The teen’s father, Brett Anderson, had previously described him as his best friend and said the children thought of him as an uncle.
Authorities have said the suspect had an “unusual infatuation” with the 16-year-old, although the father admitted that he had never seen any strange behavior.
San Diego County Sheriff William D. Gore spoke of Hannah’s rescue and the suspect’s death when speaking with reporters during a press conference in California. He said members of his office notified Hannah’s father, Brett Anderson, of her rescue.
“He was very relieved and very excited and looking forward to being reunited with his daughter,” Gore said.
Rook said FBI victim specialists are currently working with the teen and er family to provide them all the resources they need.
“As grateful as we are that she was recovered safely, we also remember the other victims in this case who lost their lives,” Rook said.
She went on, adding that until that investigation of the case is complete, Rook said she couldn’t share any other details.