The Free Press, Mankato, MN

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August 16, 2013

California teen welcomed home after kidnapping

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The warrants say DiMaggio and Hannah exchanged about 13 phone calls before she was picked up from cheerleading practice Aug. 4, hours before firefighters found DiMaggio's burning garage in Boulevard, a rural town 65 miles east of San Diego. They do not indicate the time, duration or nature of the calls.

Jan Caldwell, a San Diego County sheriff's spokeswoman, said they may have been discussing pickup times.

San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore has been adamant that Hannah was an unwilling victim from start to finish. "I can't make it any clearer," he said at a news conference Monday.

DiMaggio was extraordinarily close to both children, driving Hannah to gymnastics meets and Ethan to football practice. The warrants say the former telecommunications technician took Hannah on multi-day trips, most recently to Malibu and Hollywood.

Asked on her ask.fm social media account this week if she would have preferred DiMaggio got a lifetime prison sentence instead of being killed, she said, "He deserved what he got."

The account was disabled but there were postings on an Instagram account linked to Hannah's now-disabled ask.fm page.

"Dad is not taking this very well," she wrote late Wednesday. "None of us are but please watch over him. I'm all he's got left. Even though your gone we are still a team. Love and miss you. "

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Spagat reported from San Diego.

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