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August 16, 2013

Warrants fuel questions in teen's disappearance

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Hannah said she didn’t tell her parents because DiMaggio was his father’s best friend “and I didn’t want to ruin anything between them.”

She said she didn’t learn that her mother and brother had died until authorities told her in the hospital after she was rescued. She said she cried all night.

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.

Brett Anderson, Hannah’s father, declined to take questions after making a brief statement at a fundraiser for the family in Lakeside, an east San Diego suburb and Hannah’s hometown. Caldwell said investigators may offer a more detailed account in the future but that some questions may never be answered.

“Right now she’s with her family and, of course, with some friends, and she’s just happy to be here,” Brett Anderson told reporters outside the Boll Weevil restaurant, which hosted the fundraiser.

Anderson said he spoke with the horseback riders who saw the pair in the Idaho wilderness and alerted authorities, thanking them for saving his daughter’s life.

Hannah Anderson was mobbed by reporters as she entered the restaurant and did not make a statement.

DiMaggio was shot at least five times in the head and chest, according to the Valley County, Idaho, coroner, who was unable to determine a precise number of gunshot wounds. His body was cremated Tuesday near Los Angeles.

On her ask.fm social media account, Hannah said she “basically” stayed awake for six straight days and repeatedly told her captor she was hungry. She couldn’t escape because DiMaggio had a gun and “threatened to kill me and anyone who tried to help.”

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