Hannah Anderson, the California teenager whose abduction triggered a manhunt across the West, has survived "a tremendous, horrific ordeal" and faces a slow healing process, her father said Monday.
"I am very proud of her and I love her very much," Brett Anderson said. "She is surrounded by the love of her family, friends and community."
But authorities kept the detail of that horrific ordeal close to the vest Monday, two days after the man accused of abducting Hannah and killing her mother and brother was killed by an FBI agent.
The 16-year-old was found alive after a frantic, week-long search that stretched from southern California to the wilderness of central Idaho, more than 1,000 miles away, where she was found at a campsite by a mountain lake. At a news conference in San Diego, Brett Anderson thanked investigators as well as reporters and social media users who spread the story "across and beyond" the United States.
"Have no doubt that this did make a difference," he said. But he said it was time "for us to grieve and move on to the healing process," and he pleaded for the "respect and time" needed for that to happen.
Hannah's ordeal came to an end after a tip from horseback riders sent FBI agents swarming to a camping spot outside Cascade, Idaho. James DiMaggio, the man investigators had sought in her disappearance, was shot in a confrontation with an FBI tactical agent. Hannah told authorities that DiMaggio fired at least once before being shot, San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore said.
"Obviously we would have liked for Mr. DiMaggio to surrender and face justice in the court of law," Gore said. "But that's not going to be the case."
Hannah did not appear to have significant physical injuries and was reunited with her father Sunday. She was unaware that her mother and brother were dead until after DiMaggio was killed, when she was told of their killings by FBI interviewers, Gore said.
Gore would discuss no details of Hannah's abduction except to say she was under "extreme duress" the entire time. He said the investigation is still going on, but cautioned, "We might never know some of these answers."
"When you get a completely irrational act like we've seen here, with two murders and a kidnapping, sometimes you're not going to come up with a rational explanation of what happened," he said.
'Uncle Jim' and his interest in Hannah
DiMaggio's friendship with the Anderson family had been long and close, predating Hannah's birth. Hannah referred to him as "Uncle Jim."
But there were some signs that DiMaggio was infatuated with Hannah and signs he was trying to lure the family to his home in rural San Diego County, near the Mexican border, her grandparents said.
The signs were subtle, according to grandparents Ralph and Sara Britt, also of San Diego.
"He seemed to enjoy being with Hannah and her friends ... more and more," Ralph Britt said, shaking his head. "But he's been with the kids for years."
"There was no danger sign, nothing that you would act on, say it was wrong," he said. "It was just friendly."
But a friend of Hannah's said she saw a different side to the relationship between DiMaggio and the teen.
Marissa Chavez told CNN that she was in a car with Hannah and DiMaggio, 40, a few months ago when he told Hannah he had a crush on her.
He followed it up by saying if he was her age, he would date Hannah, Chavez said.
Hannah was unnerved by the comments, but did not tell her mother because she did not want to ruin the close relationship that her parents had with DiMaggio, Chavez said.
But Hannah did not want to be alone with DiMaggio after that, according to Chavez.
"I don't think she would have gone willingly with him at all," she said.
In an earlier episode, Chavez recalled a trip that DiMaggio and Hannah took to Hollywood.
The trip was supposed to be for one week, but Hannah told Chavez that they came back after two days because DiMaggio was upset that she wasn't paying enough attention to him.
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