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Rescued teen awaits reunion with father in Idaho

  • This combination of undated file photos provided by the San Diego Sheriff's Department shows James Lee DiMaggio, 40, left, and Hannah Anderson, 16. ((AP Photo/San Diego Sheriff's Department, File))

CASCADE — The horseback riders who encountered a missing California teen and her abductor said Sunday that "red flags" went up for them because the pair seemed out of place and ill-equipped for the Idaho back country.

At a news conference in Boise, the four riders - two men and two women - said they came across 16-year-old Hannah Anderson and 40-year-old James Lee DiMaggio on Wednesday morning.

Mark John said the two weren't friendly and that the girl was wearing pajamas or sweatpants and that the man she was with carried only a light pack.

"They didn't fit," said the 71-year-old John, who is a former sheriff's deputy from Gem County. "He might have been an outdoorsman in California but he was not an outdoorsman in Idaho ... Red flags kind of went up."

John said when he returned home he saw an Amber Alert that had been sent out for Anderson, and he contacted police.

DiMaggio was killed by authorities Saturday. He is suspected of killing Anderson's mother and brother. Anderson was not harmed.

FBI agents are processing evidence at the campsite in central Idaho's Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness where they first discovered Anderson and DiMaggio. Details about the operation that ended in Hannah's rescue are being released slowly.

Law enforcement agents first spotted two people who looked like Anderson and DiMaggio on Saturday afternoon, as they flew over the wilderness area in a plane, according to a statement from Ada County Sheriff's spokeswoman Andrea Dearden.

The air was filled with smoke blown in from distant wildfires, and that made both flying and seeing the ground tough, Dearden said. The law enforcement commanders decided to send in an FBI Hostage Rescue Team immediately to get Hannah while they could.

The mountainous area is extremely steep, and the closest point where the helicopters could drop the team was more than a two-hour hike away. The agents crept close to the camp, waited until DiMaggio and Hannah separated, and then moved in.

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