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August 12th, 2013
08:20 AM ET

Daring Rescue of Missing Teen, Alleged Captor Shot Dead

The search for a teenage girl missing for days ended with a daring rescue and the killing of her apparent captor in the Idaho wilderness over the weekend.

Sixteen-year-old Hannah Anderson is recuperating this morning after her harrowing experience.

“She's secluded in a government facility—her father now with her, an FBI victim specialist helping her cope with the devastating loss of her mother Christina, her brother Ethan and a terrifying week on the run with her captor James DiMaggio,” CNN’s Miguel Marquez reports.

Two couples on horseback in Idaho's backcountry provided authorities with critical tips after their strange encounter with Anderson and DiMaggio.

“They showed up at the lake and there was just like a square peg going into a round hole,” one rider said. “They didn't fit. He might have been an outdoorsman in California, but he was not an outdoorsman in Idaho and he didn't fit.”

DiMaggio also told the four on horseback he was headed for the Salmon River. “They didn't say it but they knew he was going in the wrong direction,” Marquez says, further setting off alarm bells.

A government plane surveyed the pair for hours after a tip from the riders.

“The FBI's hostage rescue team, delivered to waiting choppers in a U-Haul, were dropped off more than a two-hour hike from the campsite,” Marquez reports.

“Stealthily they surrounded the camp, waiting for DiMaggio and Hannah to separate. Then they moved in.”

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June 18th, 2013
09:25 AM ET

Authorities retrieve two teens stuck on a cliff – Miguel Marquez reports

Imagine being stuck atop a cliff, thousands of feet in the air, and the dramatic rescue mission fit for a movie.

Two boys were stuck on the rocky spine of a ridge 8,600 feet up in the air and only a few feet wide on Saturday before California Highway Patrol plucked the boys to safety with the precision of a surgeon.

Miguel Marquez has the story.

“Bad decisions 16-year-old Austin Dreschler and a friend on a family camping trip will never forget in gorgeous but unforgiving nature,” Marquez says.

With high winds up to 30 miles per hour, Marquez explains the challenge for the patrol was lowering harnesses the boys themselves had to put on, then coming back around to have them hook up to be safely carried to a landing zone miles away. It took four passes before they were successful.

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May 28th, 2013
12:12 PM ET

Newborn Flushed Away: Rescued from sewage pipe

CNN's Hala Gorani reports officials in east china are now investigating the case of a newborn baby who was apparently flushed down the toilet. The infant survived  after being cut out of a sewage pipe. The baby was taken to the hospital still inside the pipe. He was later removed from the pipe at the hospital. The parent's have not come forward.


Filed under: China • Rescue