Hannah Anderson, the 16-year-old teen who was rescued Saturday from her alleged abductor following a multi-state manhunt, made her first public appearance since her ordeal.
On Thursday afternoon, Anderson attended a fundraiser in the San Diego community of Lakeside where she lived with her mother and brother—both of whom were killed on August 4 prior to Anderson being allegedly kidnapped by family friend James DiMaggio. DiMaggio was killed in a shootout with police Saturday in Idaho.
he Lakeside Boll Weevil restaurant was holding a fundraiser with 20 percent of the sales going to the Anderson family.
Wearing sunglasses, Hannah Anderson emerged out from a car and was quickly ushered into the restaurant away from the media. She offered no comment.
Later, Anderson’s father, Brett, emerged and spoke to reporters. “This is a small community that we are a part of. The community came together putting on this great fundraiser for Hannah... and this is how Lakeside rolls. So I just wanted to say how much we appreciate it from everybody, the community, family, friends for being here ... and local sheriffs and law enforcement.”
Brett Anderson said he spoke with the horsemen - who spotted Hannah that led to her being found in Idaho—by phone and thanked them.
“It was a chance encounter, but it did save my daughter’s life. Other than that, Hannah sends her love. She’s doing good day by day, and we’ll just keep moving forward from there.”
Meanwhile, search warrants unsealedWednesday revealed that DiMaggio tortured Hannah Anderson’s mother and brother before killing them. The warrants do not describe the torture, but indicate that, when firefighters arrived at the property, they first discovered Christina Anderson’s body after noticing a pair of human feet sticking out underneath a green tarp in the garage. She was face-down and a crowbar was by her head, reports CBS San Diego affiliate KFMB-TV.
DiMaggio and Hannah Anderson exchanged about 13 calls before Hannah was picked up from cheerleading practice on Aug. 4. Both phones were turned off, and the home burned several hours later.
DiMaggio, 40, was like an uncle to the children and close to the parents for nearly two decades. The warrants describe how DiMaggio took Hannah on multi-day trips, most recently to Malibu and Hollywood.
Since her rescue, Anderson supposedly made online postings Monday evening in which she fielded questions on social media about herself and her ordeal. A mother of a close friend of Anderson confirmed the postings were from the teen. CBS News reached out to both Anderson’s family and the San Diego Sheriff’s Department. Neither denied that the online account is hers. It appears to be authentic because Anderson posted pictures of herself and had conversations before she was kidnapped.
When asked if she preferred DiMaggio would have been sentenced to prison for life instead of being killed by authorities, Anderson said, “He deserved what he got.”