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Rescued teen taking things day at a time

Letters from her found with suspects possessions

Posted: August 16, 2013 11:15 p.m.
Updated: August 16, 2013 11:15 p.m.

Hannah Anderson arrives at the Boll Weevil restaurant for a fundraiser in her honor to raise money for her family on Thursday in Lakeside.

 

LAKESIDE (AP) — The father of a 16-year-old girl said she is taking things one day at a time after FBI agents killed a longtime family friend suspected of torturing and killing her mother and brother and escaping with her to the Idaho wilderness.
“Right now, she’s with her family and, of course, with some friends, and she’s just happy to be here,” Brett Anderson told reporters outside a restaurant where his daughter Hannah got a warm welcome home reception on Thursday, five days after her ordeal ended.
She was mobbed by reporters as she entered and left the eatery that hosted an all-day fundraiser. News crews were told to wait outside while Hannah and her father stayed for hours. She did not make a statement.
“I don’t know what I want to say. I just want to give her a hug,” said Alyssa Haugum, a classmate of Hannah’s in Lakeside, an east San Diego suburb of 54,000 people.
Firefighters found the body of Christina Anderson, 44, near a crowbar and what appeared to be blood next to her head. James Lee DiMaggio is believed to have shot and killed their family dog, found under a sleeping bag in the garage with blood close to its head.
Investigators found 8-year-old Ethan’s body as they sifted through rubble.
DiMaggio “tortured and killed” the mother and son, San Diego County Sheriff’s Detective Darren Perata wrote, offering no elaboration, in warrants released Wednesday.
Investigators who searched DiMaggio’s home found letters from Hannah, an incendiary device, handcuff boxes, a handwritten note, a Yosemite camping guide, two used condoms and “arson wire,” according to one warrant, which does not elaborate on the content of letters or nature of the devices.
Jan Caldwell, a spokeswoman for the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, declined to comment on the content of Hannah’s letters.
“As to the other items, I believe they rather stand on their own and clearly elevated the need to find her as soon as possible,” she wrote in an email.

 

 

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