Kidnapped Girl Rescued

Anderson is safe; DiMaggio is dead (NBC News)

Yesterday, I posted an article entitled “Crime Heats Up” that told the story of James DiMaggio, a California man on the run in the Idaho wilderness with a captive, 16-year-old Hannah Anderson.

Once a close family friend, DiMaggio suddenly snapped and turned on the Andersons last weekend. Christina, the mother, and her 8-year-old son Ethan were found dead inside DiMaggio’s burned-up home on Sunday. Authorities soon discovered the suspect had kidnapped Hannah and fled to the Idaho wilderness, where a horseback rider spotted them Wednesday. Access points to the area were closed and the last I heard, a manhunt had been launched to search for the pair.

Well, I am happy to report that the manhunt has ended. And today, Brett Anderson—the father who nearly lost his entire family—is expected to reunite with his daughter, who was traumatized but otherwise should be fine.

On Saturday, hundreds of law enforcement officers scoured the Idaho wilderness near Cascade for DiMaggio and his captive. Despite the smoke from nearby wildfires hampering the search, an officer eventually spotted DiMaggio’s campsite late that afternoon. Unfortunately, it was in an area too steep and treacherous for helicopters, so officers had to hike several hours to reach the site. Once there, they waited for an opportunity to strike.

After a short time, DiMaggio walked away from Hannah and gave authorities the opening they needed. They quickly moved in, whisked Hannah away to a clearing where a helicopter could pick her up and engaged DiMaggio in a confrontation. I don’t know all the details, but I do know that an FBI agent saw his chance and shot DiMaggio, who died at the scene. Hannah was rushed to a nearby hospital and apparently had no physical injuries. She should be fine, aside from all the emotional and psychological trauma she’s experienced, as well as the trauma to come.

The poor girl just lost her mother and brother, after all.

Even so, it is rare that stories like these end well… or as well as can be expected. Hannah is lucky to be alive and thankfully, Brett Anderson still has a family. They will need each other during this difficult time, and I will certainly be pulling for them.

Posted on August 11, 2013, in Perspectives and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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