Hannah Anderson’s father asks for prayer
LAKESIDE (CNS) – The father of a 16-year-old Lakeside girl who was
kidnapped by a family friend and rescued days later in rural Idaho is asking
the public for prayers as he and his daughter heal.
Brett Anderson and his daughter, Hannah, are mourning the deaths of
Hannah's mother and 8-year-old brother who authorities suspect were killed by
40-year-old James Lee DiMaggio before he took off with Hannah a week ago.
Family friends said the divorced DiMaggio had developed an infatuation with the
teenager that made her uncomfortable.
Authorities began looking for the pair in Idaho late last week after
four people riding horses in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness
Area reported that they had spoken with a man and a teenage girl who matched
the descriptions of DiMaggio and Hannah.
DiMaggio's blue 2013 Nissan Versa was found about five miles from where
the riders spotted the pair Friday morning. Three U.S. Marshals later spotted
DiMaggio's campsite by helicopter and he was fatally shot by an FBI tactical
agent on Saturday.
Hannah's grandparents told 10News that her father left San Diego Sunday
morning to head to Idaho for the reunion.
The El Capitan High School student, who appeared unharmed, was taken to
an undisclosed local hospital for a medical evaluation after being rescued from
a remote area east of Cascade, Idaho, San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore said.
The bodies of Hannah's younger brother, Ethan, and her 44-year-old
mother, Christina Anderson, and that of their dog were found on Aug. 3 in the
burned-out log cabin-style residence in Boulevard where DiMaggio lived.
In a text message sent to CNN, Anderson said he was “nervous excited
saddened 4 my wife and son and worried what my daughter has been through.
“It's now healing time. Keep us in your prayers,” wrote Anderson, who
was separated from his wife and moved recently for work to Tennessee.