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August 17, 2013

Teen home after kidnapping

LAKESIDE, Calif. — 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 Haugum, a classmate of Hannah’s in Lakeside, an east San Diego suburb of 54,000 people.

Firefighters found the body of Christina Anderson, 44, near a crowbar and what appeared to be blood next to her head. James Lee 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, handcuff boxes, a handwritten note, a Yosemite camping guide, two used condoms and “arson wire,” according to one warrant, which does not elaborate on the content of letters or nature of the devices.

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.

Caldwell has said they may have been discussing pickup times.

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