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Kidnapping, murder suspect killed in Idaho; girl safe

CASCADE, Idaho — San Diego County Sheriff's officials say the man suspected of abducting 16-year-old Hannah Anderson has been killed in Idaho and the teen has been found safe.

San Diego Sheriff William D. Gore said Hannah's father was elated his daughter was found alive.

Federal and local law enforcement spent Saturday combing through Idaho's rugged Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness in search of Hannah and her suspected kidnapper, 40-year-old James Lee DiMaggio.

DiMaggio is suspected of killing Hannah's mother, 44-year-old Christina Anderson, and her 8-year-old brother Ethan Anderson, whose bodies were found Aug. 4 in DiMaggio's burning house in California near the Mexico border.

DiMaggio's car was found Friday morning about 40 miles east of the tiny town of Cascade, parked where the dirt road ends and the Sand Creek trailhead enters the wilderness area.

Helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft had been flying FBI agents and other law enforcement officers into the roadless wilderness area throughout the day.

Detectives with the San Diego County Sheriff's Department finished searching DiMaggio's car Saturday afternoon at the remote trailhead where it was found about 40 miles east of the tiny town of Cascade. They had the vehicle towed to a garage in Cascade for further processing.

The steep and mountainous terrain made it impossible to do a traditional grid search — and the search area itself spanned more than 300 miles, Dearden said. Ada County Sheriff's spokeswoman Andrea Dearden said investigators were worried about whether the 16-year-old has the right clothing and footwear for the mountainous conditions and whether she has the stamina to handle days of hiking through steep terrain.

Kidnapping, murder suspect killed in Idaho; girl safe 08/10/13 [Last modified: Saturday, August 10, 2013 10:03pm]
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