James DiMaggio -- the man allegedly responsible for abducting California teen Hannah Anderson and murdering her mother and brother -- was shot and killed in Idaho, authorities confirmed. Anderson, 16, is safe, San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore announced at a press conference Saturday.
“It truly was a joint effort, and I am pleased to stand here today and say that Hannah was successfully rescued and appears to be in pretty good shape,” Gore said, according to USA Today.
CNN reported that an estimated 250 law-enforcement officials -- 150 of them with the FBI -- focused their search on a 320-square-mile area known as the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness Area, an isolated, rugged region roughly 15 miles outside Cascade.
DiMaggio’s blue Nissan Versa, with its license plates removed, was discovered about five miles from the area Friday morning. An FBI agent killed DiMaggio at 4:22 p.m. PDT (7:22 p.m. EDT) after his campsite was spotted from the air near Morehead Lake. “Obviously, we would’ve liked Mr. DiMaggio to surrender and face justice in the court of law, but that’s not going to be the case,” Gore said, according to USA Today.
Anderson’s father has been notified of her safe recovery. “He’s elated that we found his daughter is alive, and plans are being made now to reunite him with his daughter hopefully tomorrow morning,” Gore said. “He was very relieved and very excited and looking forward to being reunited with his daughter.”
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Anderson will be transported to an area hospital for evaluation.
USA Today reported that, in addition to the FBI, the search team consisted of representatives of the Valley County and Ada County sheriff’s departments, U.S, Marshals Service, Homeland Security, Border Patrol, Idaho Army National Guard and Idaho State Police.
Anderson had been missing since Aug. 3. Her mother and brother died in a fire at DiMaggio’s house in San Diego County the next day, CNN said.