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Missing California Amber Alert Teen Rescued in Idaho; Suspect Killed

Hannah Anderson was taken to a hospital following her rescue from a remote campsite in Idaho.

Hannah Anderson, 16, was rescued by FBI agents in an Idaho wilderness. (Photo Issued with Amber Alert)
Hannah Anderson, 16, was rescued by FBI agents in an Idaho wilderness. (Photo Issued with Amber Alert)
Written by Bea Karnes

The weeklong search for a San Diego-area teen, whose apparent kidnapping triggered an Amber Alert, ended deep in the wilderness of Idaho.

FBI agents shot and killed her apparent kidnapper, James Lee DiMaggio, 40. Hannah Anderson, 16, was rescued safely and taken to a hospital to be checked-out. Her father is traveling to Idaho and is expected to be reunited with her on Sunday.

Hannah and DiMaggio were at a campsite in Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness.

"No one really knows where an investigation like this will lead," Mary Rook, special agent in charge of the FBI's Salt Lake City division told the Associated Press. "In this case, our team faced a very challenging situation."

The FBI zeroed-in on the wilderness area after a horseback rider reported seeing them on a trail with camping gear. Investigators found DiMaggio’s car hidden under a bush at a trailhead. An aerial search spotted the campsite.

"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.

The bodies of Hannah’s mother and 8-year-old brother were found inside the family’s home after a raging fire was extinguished. The original Amber Alert included Hannah’s brother, until his body was positively identified.

To read FBI Special Agent Mary Rook's official statement on the rescue of Hanna Anderson, click here.


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