Finding Hannah: 'One Chance in a Trillion'
Horseback rider had 'gut feeling about' DiMaggio
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Aug 12, 2013 4:37 AM CDT
This combination of undated photos provided by the San Diego Sheriff's Department shows James Lee DiMaggio, 40, left, and Hannah Anderson, 16.   (AP Photo/San Diego Sheriff's Department)

(Newser) – The horseback riders who spotted missing teen Hannah Anderson and her abductor, James DiMaggio, are telling the story of their "one chance in a trillion" discovery, NBC News reports. When they encountered Hannah in Idaho backcountry—days before she was rescued—she looked out of place in pajama pants, say Mike and Mary Young, 62 and 61, one of two couples on horseback. Their companion Mark John, a former sheriff, says Hannah and DiMaggio "were like a square peg in a round hole—they didn’t fit," NBC Los Angeles reports.

The couples' chat with the two was uncharacteristically short: "In the backcountry, you exchange pleasantries. These people did not want to talk," John said. Hannah turned away from him, though he heard her say, "Looks like we’re all in trouble now." John later recognized Hannah on the news. "I told my wife, 'That was the girl we seen up there on the mountain.'" Now, Hannah has been reunited with her father, Brett. "It's now healing time," he texted CNN.

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Johnny_ReduxII
Aug 12, 2013 10:40 PM CDT
Another warped mind in an every growing warped society. Check the guy's computer...bet it is filled with porn sites.
finkster
Aug 12, 2013 10:46 AM CDT
This murderer obviously didn't fall too far from a murderous family tree. An article on CNN titled Life father, like son?' said and I will quote: "James L. DiMaggio's father had a violent past, and he once held a teenage girl at gunpoint after professing feelings for her, CNN affiliate KFMB reports."
troy705
Aug 12, 2013 8:57 AM CDT
Starting to sound like she may have been in on the plan. But sometimes people in captivity will say things that might sound like complicity. Now we only have her side of the story and this will not be the first time an adult male has done something stupid for a young girl.