I’ll update as more info comes in, but LA News is reporting that James DiMaggio has been killed and Hannah Anderson has been found safe.
This is an absolutely amazing outcome, but Hannah is going to have a LOT to deal with – the death of her mother and little brother, as well as the psychological effects of being on the run with Jim DiMaggio.
The media is waiting on a news conference, so we should know more soon.
UPDATE: 8/10 7:32 PM
San Diego County Sheriff Gore just held a press conference in San Diego, where he confirmed that Hannah is in fact, safe, and James DiMaggio is dead. He said Hannah appears to be in pretty good shape, and will be taken to a hospital right away. Hannah’s father has been notified and he will be transported to Idaho to be reunited with his daughter as early as tomorrow morning. I can’t even imagine how relieved he is that she’s ok.
According to Sheriff Gore, the campsite was first spotted by air units. Ground units were then sent in, and a shootout took place. There will be another press conference from Idaho later today where a lot more details on the rescue operation will be given.
You can watch the full press conference from San Diego below:
UPDATE: 8/10 8:35 PM
The FBI and the Valley County Sheriff just finished with their press conference from Idaho. According to Mary Rook, the special agent in charge of the FBI office in Salt Lake City, at 5:20 this afternoon, special agents with the FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team, along the Salt Lake City division of the FBI, spotted DiMaggio and Hannah near Morehead Lake at a campsite, which was not far from where they had been spotted on Wednesday. Agents moved in to rescue Hannah, and DiMaggio was killed. Hannah was removed from the scene by helicopter and is now at a local area hospital.
Rook stressed that whenever an agent shoots from his firearm, a special shooting review team comes in from Washington and an internal investigation is launched, so no more details about the operation will be released until after that review is complete.
While we wait for more news about the operation, I think it’s time to give Hannah and her family some much-needed privacy as they begin the healing process. I can’t even begin to imagine how difficult that is going to be and I hope the media doesn’t bombard her when she is finally able to return home.
You can watch the press conference from Idaho below:
UPDATE: 8/11 5:48 PM
The four horseback riders (aka HEROES) who saw DiMaggio and Hannah in the woods on Wednesday came forward and gave a press conference today, which is posted below: