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Hannah Anderson’s suspected kidnapper killed, teen safe

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CASCADE, IDAHO —  The suspect in the kidnapping of Hannah Anderson was shot and killed in Idaho Saturday.

James DiMaggio, 40, was killed Saturday afternoon in a remote area near the town of Cascade, and the 16-year-old girl is safe.

Searchers have been combing the Idaho wilderness for them since a horseback rider spotted them Wednesday morning.

DiMaggio’s blue Nissan Versa was found two days later, with its license plate removed, roughly 60 miles northeast of Cascade, at a trail head leading into the wilderness.

Their campsite was spotted from the air Saturday, and ground units were sent in leading to the deadly confrontation.

Friday night, police identified the remains of Anderson’s 8-year-old brother Ethan found in DiMaggio’s burned out San Diego house.

hannah9The body of Ethan’s mother, Christina Anderson, had been identified earlier as a second victim of that August 4th fire.

Police believe Dimaggio killed them both.

A friend of Hannah Anderson provided a clearer picture of the relationship between DiMaggio and Hannah.

Marissa Chavez said that she was in a car with them a few months ago when the 40-year-old told Hannah he had a crush on her.

He followed it up by saying if he was her age, he would date Hannah, Chavez said.

Hannah was unnerved by the comments, but did not tell her mother because she did not want to ruin the close relationship that her parents had with DiMaggio.

After that, however, Hannah did not want to be alone with him.

Chavez also recalled a trip that DiMaggio and Hannah took to Hollywood. The trip was supposed to be for one week, but Hannah told Chavez that they came back after two days because DiMaggio was upset that she wasn’t paying enough attention to him.

“I don’t think she would have gone willingly with him at all,” she said.

Hannah was last seen August 3 at her cheerleading practice. Relatives reported the mother and children missing the next day, sparking an Amber Alert.

As of Saturday evening, Hannah is said to be in good shape, and is heading to the hospital for an evaluation.  She will be reunited with her father Sunday morning.

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8 comments

  • Jaedyn

    Journalism is dead. These people ned to find new jobs. That's a grievous error. You don't even know what fucking day it is?? f

  • Skip

    James DiMaggio, the latest murdering mental case to make the news. You have to wonder, what was the point of going out into the wilderness? How long would they survive? What an delusional fool.

  • Just Saying

    I'm glad to hear this news, however, I don't know why the Cops didn't use rubber bullets or what have you to get him to temporarily be immobile and then capture him. Then again, I don't know the circumstances of how they went about scoping him out etc. So that might have not been an option given their positions and what not. Anyways, we will only know 1 side of the story now, which I guess it doesn't really matter since the guy probably wouldn't have given much information and eventually probably would have took his own life anyways out of guilt. I'm curious to know all the details and what happened that entire time; such as, did she willingly go with him? why didn't she ask for help when the people on horseback saw them etc.? Did they have a secret relationship and it got out of hand? Did he violate her at all at any point? Did she know about her mom and brother's deaths prior to him taking her? ………SO many questions!!!

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