16-year-old Hannah Anderson, a teenager kidnapped last Friday from her home near San Diego, has finally been recovered from the Idaho wilderness. It was here that her kidnapper, James Lee DiMaggio, 40, was shot and killed by an FBI tactical team on Saturday.
DiMaggio, a family friend who had “become like an uncle to the Anderson children,” had reportedly become “infatuated” with Hannah when he allegedly took her from her California home on Friday. He is suspected of setting the fire that killed her mother, Christina Anderson, and 8-year-old brother, Ethan, at their home. DiMaggio frequently went on camping trips with the Anderson family, according to Hannah’s father, Brett.
Amber Alerts followed the pair through five states until a horseback rider who spoke to the two on a trail, went home and called the Amber Alert tip line after recognizing their photos on television. He said that Hannah had given no indication of being under duress, although that is not uncommon in cases involving young girls and male kidnappers; they are usually warned that harm will come to their family if they try to alert anyone.
There remain more unanswered questions than answered ones, however, now that the first priority of finding Hannah has been completed. Did DiMaggio set the deadly fire at the Anderson home? Did Hannah go with him willingly for some reason? Why had she seemed without a care in the world when the horseback rider met them in Idaho? And now, why was DiMaggio killed when he apparently had no firearms or other weapons? The FBI is not releasing any details at this time, citing the impending investigation that is policy when a team member opens fire.
Hannah Anderson was taken to a medical facility when she was rescued. She had no visible injuries, but obviously, a mental evaluation will have to be done to confirm the extent of any issues that may arise from this harrowing experience. She was set to be reunited with her father today.
For now, it is undetermined what will happen with the case. As more details become available, they will be posted accordingly. Look for more stories following the case at WebProNews.