James DiMaggio, the man who kidnapped Southern California teen Hannah Anderson and is suspected of killing her mother and brother, was shot at least five times in the head and chest, an Idaho coroner said Wednesday, according to the Los Angeles Times.
DiMaggio died at the scene, according to the Valley County Coroner Nathan Hess, and it could take six to eight weeks until a final report would be completed. According to the Los Angeles Times, a spokeswoman for the DiMaggio family said his body was cremated.
An Amber Alert was issued for Hannah, 16, after the charcoaled bodies of her mother, Christina, and brother, Ethan, were found in DiMaggio’s burning home near the Mexican border on Aug. 4. DiMaggio reportedly fled from San Diego County to Idaho with Hannah and was armed with at least one weapon. Horseback riders in the Idaho wilderness came across the duo and felt uneasy after they talked to DiMaggio, who could not properly tell them where he was headed. Later that evening, the folks recognized Hannah from the Amber Alert that was issued across several states and contacted authorities.
An FBI tactical team located DiMaggio’s campsite that was nearly 75 miles north of Boise, Idaho on Saturday, the L.A. Times wrote. Authorities are still investigation the circumstances surrounding the fatal shooting, but it has been said DiMaggio fired at the FBI at least once, though they have not said if he was the first to open fire. There aren’t many known details about the shootout, but apparently Hannah was a safe distance away when the shots went off.
Hannah is said to be “doing as well as can be expected” after the ordeal, San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore said at a news conference on Monday. The 16-year-old did not known her brother and mother were dead until after she was rescued.
It’s believed Hannah took to her person Ask.fm account on Tuesday, which is a lesser known social media site, to answer questions about the incident. She apparently divulged heart-wrenching regrets, like how she wished she had fought harder to save her mother and brother, but also maintained she thought DiMaggio “got what he deserved” after he was fatally shot by an FBI agent. It has yet to have been confirmed if the account is truly hers, but it’s believed to be valid since it was started before her kidnapping. The account has since been disabled.