Cops Rescue Teen; Abductor Is Dead
Hannah Anderson safe; James DiMaggio killed in Idaho
By Newser Editors, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 10, 2013 7:45 PM CDT
Authorities wait near a blackhawk helicopter at the Cascade Airport in Cascade, Idaho, Saturday.   (AP Photo/Robby Milo)

(Newser) – She's safe: Authorities rescued 16-year-old Hannah Anderson today in remote central Idaho, reports AP. An FBI agent, or agents, shot dead her abductor, James DiMaggio. "She appears well and was rescued and will be transported to a hospital in Idaho," says San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore, as quoted by CNN. He said Hannah's father is obviously elated at the news, and the two should be reunited by tomorrow morning.

Gore says their campground was spotted from the air, but he offered few details about the confrontation that ensued, reports the San Diego Union-Tribune. Authorities suspect the 40-year-old DiMaggio killed Hannah's mother and younger brother in California earlier this week, then went on the run with Hannah. A horseback rider spotted the two on foot a few days ago in in central Idaho's Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, and a massive search ensued.

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Aug 11, 2013 1:46 PM CDT
Bill Gore for president!
Aug 11, 2013 1:34 PM CDT
I'm sure Lifetime Movie Network is already working on buying the rights to this story....
Aug 11, 2013 11:55 AM CDT
I'm not so quick to unequivocally assume the teenage girl is a completely innocent victim. There is no sign that she was unwilling to go flee with DiMaggio. We do not know if she was aware about her brother and mother being killed nor do we know for sure that he killed them, though of course, the evidence we're aware of points to him. Nor do we know if he was armed. Reports are saying the horseback rider exchanged "pleasantries" with them when he saw them on the trail and he was not suspicious that she was a captive until later when he saw news reports. Sometimes it's what "official" reports don't say that's important. No one, for example, is saying the agent shot DiMaggio in response to threats or if the girl was in imminent danger. I believe there's a lot more to this story than we know at the moment, and with DiMaggio dead, we'll never hear his side. He may well be a cold blooded killer and abductor... but he's gone.