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.”
CNN is reporting a stunning development in the case of missing child that drew worldwide attention in 2007.
Madeleine McCann was 3 years old when she disappeared while on vacation with her family in Portugal, 6 years ago.
Her parents, Kate and Gerry McCann have since campaigned tirelessly to keep her in the public's memory, while raising Madeleine's two siblings.
Now British police say they have new leads and they believe Madeleine may be alive.
Atika Shubert is following the story.
British police are reopening the investigation, called Operation Grange. “They want to question 38 people across Europe, including 12 British nationals who they believe were in Portugal at the time,” Shubert reports.
"There is no clear definitive proof that Madeleine McCann is dead,” says DCI Andy Redwood of the Metropolitan Police. “So, on that basis, I still genuinely believe that there is a possibility that she’s alive."