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August 13th, 2013
08:33 AM ET

Hannah Anderson Returns to Heal in California

Sixteen-year-old Hannah Anderson is home safe and sound this morning, more than one week after being abducted by a close family friend, but her horrible ordeal is far from over.

“Hannah is just learning that her mother and 8-year-old brother were murdered—their bodies found in the burning home of abductor James Lee DiMaggio in East of San Diego on august 4th,” reports CNN’s Miguel Marquez.

“She was found 1,000 miles from DiMaggios home.”

According to authorities, DiMaggio had a rifle when FBI reached a remote location in Idaho where he held Hannah “under durress”, and was gunned down by the FBI.

The tip to the location came from a group of horseback riders who encountered the pair in the backcountry and later recognized the teen from an Amber Alert.

Marquez reports, “Now that Hannah is back, her father says, the family needs to heal and grieve.”

CNN EXTRA: Watch the "New Day" interview with the horseback riders who provided authorities with the critical tip leading to Hannah's rescue.

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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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August 7th, 2013
09:06 AM ET

Authorities Search for Family Friend in Connection to Amber Alert

The hunt continues this morning for a California man after the remains of a woman and a child were found in his burned out home near San Diego.

The suspect is on the run, possibly with a 16-year-old girl. Now the children's family is pleading for a safe return.

“Overnight, a vigil of hope for children allegedly kidnapped by James DiMaggio,” reports CNN’s Miguel Marquez.

The children’s' father Brett Anderson made an emotional appeal speaking directly to DiMaggio following the vigil.

“Jim, I can't fathom what you were thinking. The damage is done,” Anderson said. ”I'm begging you to let my daughter go, you've taken everything else.”

Investigators believe DiMaggio killed Anderson's ex-wife and possibly his 8-year-old son, then kidnapped his 16-year-old daughter, Hannah.

“Hanna we all love you very much,” Anderson said, addressing his daughter. “If you have a chance, you take it. You run. You'll be found.” 

The case led to California's first statewide Amber Alert over cellphones late Monday night, with “road signs calling motorists' attention to the nationwide alert, investigators anxious to catch a break,” Marquez says.

Investigators are now updating pictures of the kids and the alleged kidnapper, “even a mockup of a bald James DiMaggio,just in case he's shaved his head to disguise his appearance.”

“Authorities are still analyzing the remains of a child found in the burned out home,” “Early Start” anchor John Berman reports.

“They won't say if it was 8-year-old Ethan Anderson, but his father did not mention the boy, when he called on DiMaggio to set his daughter free.”

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May 7th, 2012
10:07 AM ET

FBI details manhunt for Tennessee suspect

Two bodies were found this weekend at the Mississippi residence of a man believed responsible for the disapperance of a mother and her three children. Now the FBI is asking for your help. They're offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Adam Mayes who is described as "armed and dangerous."

Thirty-one year-old Jo Ann Bain, along with 14-year-old Adrienne, 12-year-old Alexandra and 8-year-old Kyliyah have been missing since April 27th. According to the Amber Alert, mayes recently cut his hair and may have done the same to the children as well.

Officials have yet to identify two bodies found over the weekend at a home where Mayes was reportedly staying.

This morning on "Early Start," FBI special agent in charge of the Memphis division Aaron T. Ford tells Zoraida the latest on the search.


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