CASCADE, Idaho — Hannah Anderson’s father said he’s eager to see his daughter after she was rescued in the wilderness of Idaho in an operation that left her alleged captor dead.
“I’m ecstatic that my daughter and I will soon be reunited,” Brett Anderson told Fox News. “I’m worried about what my daughter has been put through.”
During the interview, he also praised law enforcement officials for the rescue.
“They did an excellent job and I can never show my appreciation enough to anybody out there that showed us love and support; terrific country, love you guys.”
Meanwhile, more details about the rescue are emerging. Kidnapping suspect James Lee DiMaggio appeared to be fortifying a patch of wilderness when he was fatally shot by an FBI agent Saturday, law enforcement sources told the Los Angeles Times.
The sources said that before the confrontation, authorities had observed DiMaggio moving some wood and other materials around, possibly to fortify his position or make the hideout harder to see from the air.
DiMaggio and Anderson were found with some camp gear, including a blue tent, said the sources.
Law enforcement officials offered few other details on the shooting, and would not divulge whether there was a firefight. They did say that no law enforcement officials were hurt during the incident.
Officials said late Saturday that it could take “some time” to fully process the crime scene. A large group of local and federal investigators were on the scene.
DiMaggio, 40, was killed after he was found by an FBI search team near Morehead Lake, about 70 miles north of Boise, and just a few miles from where the two were spotted by a horseback rider Wednesday, officials said. The agent had been alerted to DiMaggio and the kidnapped teen by searchers scouring the area by plane.
“Hannah’s safe, and that’s the best outcome we were hoping for,” Andrea Dearden, a spokeswoman for the Ada County Sheriff’s Department, said during a Sunday news briefing.
After the shooting, Hannah was helicoptered to a hospital for evaluation. San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore said at a news conference that she appeared to be in “pretty good shape” but gave no further details.
The killing ended a tense, multistate manhunt that began Aug. 4, when firefighters found the bodies of Hannah’s mother and younger brother at DiMaggio’s burning home, east of San Diego. Ever since, police have been focused on Hannah, who authorities believed was abducted.
The case prompted officials in several western states to send missing-children Amber Alert text messages to the public.
“Obviously, we would have liked Mr. DiMaggio to surrender and face justice in a court of law, but that’s not going to be the case,” Gore said.
Distributed by MCT Information Services