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August 16th, 2013
09:16 AM ET

Hannah Anderson Meets with Friends and Community

Sixteen-year-old Hannah Anderson made her first public appearance since her dramatic rescue from kidnapping and murder suspect James DiMaggio.

The teenage girl was kidnapped and taken on a thousand-mile journey, before the FBI shot and killed her alleged abductor, and saved her life on Saturday.

Her “arrival at a fundraiser for her family came as a surprise to her relatives and friends,” reports CNN’s Casey Wian.

"This night was an unexpected reunion honestly,” her cousin Brandon Fambrough says. “All her friends were here… It was like we haven't skipped a beat."

The fundraiser was held at Boll Weevil Restaurant in Lakeside, California. The media was invited but not allowed inside during Hannah’s reunion.

Her father Brett Anderson told the press, "Hannah sends her love she's doing good day-by-day and we'll just keeping moving forward from here."

The fundraising event drew a large crowd of Hannah’s neighbors, friends and grandparents, wearing “Hannah Strong” and “Pray for Hannah” T-shirts.

Raffle ticket sales, cash donations and 20 percent of the restaurant's sales were all donated to the Anderson family, partly for Hannah's mother and brother's funeral.

“I wanted to say thank you all for coming,” Anderson said. “The community came together, putting on a great fund-raiser for Hannah, and hopefully her future and healing.”

Read more on Hannah's rescue here.

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Filed under: Abduction • Children
May 9th, 2013
08:18 AM ET

Cleveland City Councilman Matt Zone on working with the Ohio kidnapped women's families

Two of the women found in Ariel Castro’s home, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus are back with their families. The third victim, Michelle Knight remains in the hospital – however doctors say she is in good condition.

One man who played a big role in bringing them home after their escape on Monday is Cleveland City Councilman Matt Zone. This morning he joins “Early Start” to discuss working very closely with the DeJesus and Knight families throughout their ordeal.


Filed under: Abduction • Crime • Kidnapping • Ohio
May 9th, 2013
08:03 AM ET

Police incident report details horrifying abuse three women faced in a Cleveland home – CNN’s Pamela Brown reports

Thursday morning, new details continue to emerge regarding what went on inside the Seymour Avenue house where Amanda Berry and two others were held captive. The accused captor, Ariel Castro is now facing three counts of rape and four counts of kidnapping.

READ MORE: Ohio captive to police: Suspect punched me in the stomach until I miscarried

-CNN’s Pamela Brown reports


Filed under: Abduction • Abuse allegations • Crime • Kidnapping • Ohio
February 6th, 2013
07:05 AM ET

VIDEO: Bunker where Ala. boy was held hostage rigged with bombs – Victor Blackwell reports

Victor Blackwell on details inside the bunker where an Ala. boy was held hostage for a week.


Filed under: Abduction