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August 16, 2013

California teen welcomed home after kidnapping

LAKESIDE, Calif. (AP) — A 16-year-old girl got a warm welcome home reception five days after FBI agents killed a longtime family friend suspected of torturing and killing her mother and brother and escaping with her to the Idaho wilderness.

Hannah Anderson was mobbed by reporters as she entered and left a restaurant that hosted an all-day fundraiser. News crews were told to wait outside while Hannah and her father stayed for hours. She did not make a statement.

"I don't know what I want to say. I just want to give her a hug," said Alyssa Hawgum, a classmate of Hannah's in Lakeside, an east San Diego suburb of 54,000 people.

Brett Anderson said his daughter was taking things one day at a time. He said he spoke with the horseback riders who saw the pair in the Idaho wilderness and alerted authorities, thanking them for saving Hannah's life.

"Right now, she's with her family and, of course, with some friends, and she's just happy to be here," he told reporters outside the restaurant Thursday.

Firefighters found the body of Christina Anderson, 44, near a crowbar and what appeared to be blood next to her head. DiMaggio is believed to have shot and killed their family dog, found under a sleeping bag in the garage with blood close to its head.

Investigators found 8-year-old Ethan's body as they sifted through rubble.

DiMaggio "tortured and killed" the mother and son, San Diego County Sheriff's Detective Darren Perata wrote, offering no elaboration, in the warrants released Wednesday.

Investigators who searched DiMaggio's home found letters from Hannah, an incendiary device, a handcuff box and "arson wire," according to one warrant, which does not elaborate on the content of letters or nature of the devices.

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