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Horseback Riders Help Find Missing Teen, Abductor

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Missing teen Hannah Anderson (center) was found safe in Idaho, James DiMaggio (right) was killed in a shootout, Ethan Anderson (left) and his mother were found in DiMaggio's burned out home. Missing teen Hannah Anderson (center) was found safe in Idaho, James DiMaggio (right) was killed in a shootout, Ethan Anderson (left) and his mother were found in DiMaggio's burned out home.
CASCADE, Idaho -

Updated: Sunday, August 11th, 10:59 pm:

The horseback riders who encountered a missing California teen and her abductor say the pair seemed out of place and ill-equipped for the Idaho back country.

At a news conference Sunday 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. 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.

Updated: Sunday, August 11th, 12:11 am:

The FBI says it's sending a team to Idaho to investigate the shooting that led to the death of a man suspected of killing a California woman and her young son and abducting her 16-year-old daughter.

Forty-year-old James Lee DiMaggio was killed Saturday after his campsite was spotted in Idaho's rugged Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness.

The teen, Hannah Anderson, was found safe. Ada County sheriff's spokeswoman Andrea Dearden says she has no apparent injuries and there are no reports of injuries among law enforcement.

At a news conference Saturday evening, Dearden said the teen and DiMaggio were spotted not far from where a horseback rider reported seeing the pair Wednesday.

Dearden said she didn't know if DiMaggio fired at officers.

Authorities offered few other details as the team from Washington, D.C., prepares to investigate.

A man suspected of killing a California woman and her young son before fleeing with her 16-year-old daughter was killed in the Idaho wilderness Saturday. The teen, Hannah Anderson, was found safe, but authorities said her abductor, 40-year-old James Lee DiMaggio, was killed in a shootout with law enforcement. This is how the story developed:

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Aug. 4: Authorities near San Diego find the burned bodies of 42-year-old Christina Anderson and a child after extinguishing flames at James Lee DiMaggio's rural home. An Amber Alert is issued for Anderson's two children, Hannah, 16, and Ethan, 8.

Aug. 7: Oregon state police say there was a possible sighting of DiMaggio's blue Nissan Versa in northeast California near the city of Alturas.

Aug. 7: Shortly after the sighting near Alturas, Calif., the Nissan is spotted again 50 miles away along the same highway near Lakeview, in south-central Oregon.

Aug. 9: Idaho authorities locate the car belonging to the suspect at a trailhead near Cascade, Idaho. San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore also said that a man on horseback reported seeing two people matching the description of the suspect and girl near Morehead Lake about eight miles inside the boundary of the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness. The rider reports the girl appeared healthy and was not being held against her will.

Aug. 9: A coalition of local, state and federal law enforcement teams begin combing a 300-square-mile area of the rugged, remote wilderness area. The search is initially done on foot. Explosive teams, initially concerned DiMaggio may have rigged his car with explosives, conclude there is no risk.

Aug. 9: Authorities in California positively identify the child's body found in the fire as that of the teen's younger brother, Ethan.

Aug. 10: More law enforcement teams are dispatched to Cascade to help in the search. Police also set up a series of checkpoints at trailheads throughout the area and question other hikers leaving the wilderness area.

Aug. 10: Authorities report that DiMaggio and the teen were spotted from the air at a campsite near Morehead Lake. DiMaggio was killed in the shootout; Anderson was rescued unharmed and taken to a hospital.

Aug. 10: FBI agents release few details of the encounter with DiMaggio, citing policy to investigate all details before, during and after any encounter when an agent fires a weapon. Anderson is expected to be reunited with her father, Brett Anderson, on Sunday.

Saturday, August 10th, 8:54 pm:

San Diego County Sheriff's officials say the man suspected of abducting 16-year-old Hannah Anderson has been killed in Idaho and the teen has been found safe.

San Diego Sheriff William D. Gore said Hannah's father was "elated" his daughter was found alive.

Federal and local law enforcement spent Saturday combing through Idaho's rugged Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness in search of Hannah and her suspected kidnapper, 40-year-old James Lee DiMaggio.

DiMaggio is suspected of killing Hannah's mother, 44-year-old Christina Anderson, and her 8-year-old brother Ethan Anderson, whose bodies were found Sunday night in DiMaggio's burning house in California near the Mexico border.

DiMaggio's car was found Friday morning about 40 miles east of the tiny town of Cascade, parked where the dirt road ends and the Sand Creek trailhead enters the wilderness area.

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