Manhunt for DiMaggio ends after he is shot, killed

Manhunt for DiMaggio ends after he is shot, killed

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(RNN) - James Lee DiMaggio was shot and killed by an FBI agent Saturday, ending a five-day manhunt after he disappeared with a teenage girl.

Hannah Anderson, 16, was reported safe by San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore at a news conference on Saturday evening.

"Hannah Anderson was located with DiMaggio. She appears well, was rescued and will be transported to a hospital in Idaho," Gore said.

A member of an FBI tactical unit killed DiMaggio following a shootout in a campsite on the north end of Morehead Lake shortly after 4 p.m. Pacific time.

DiMaggio, 40, who has been described as a close friend of Anderson's family, disappeared with her Aug. 4. She was last seen at cheerleading practice in San Diego County.

"At this point everything points to the fact that this is a kidnapping, that she left against her will. We have nothing that indicates that she went voluntarily," said San Diego County Sheriff's Department Capt. Larry Nesbit.

Multiple law enforcement agencies organized a massive search after hikers spotted the two in western Idaho on Friday. The previous day, reports came in from people who spotted a car - a blue Nissan Versa - that matched the description of the car DiMaggio drove.

Firefighters found his California home in flames earlier this week. Inside, they discovered the body of Hannah Anderson's mother, Christina Anderson, and Hannah's 8-year-old brother, Ethan.

The Los Angeles Times reported Christina Anderson died of blunt force trauma, possibly the result of being struck with a crowbar.

The blue Nissan Versa belonging to DiMaggio was found "covered in brush" in a part of Idaho on Friday, according to investigators. The license plate had been removed, but officers confirmed through the car's vehicle identification number that the car was DiMaggio's.

Police found the car after a man on horseback reported seeing two people who looked like DiMaggio and Anderson hiking in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness.

DiMaggio is a known outdoorsman, and police warned he might have been camping in rural areas.

"It is treacherous terrain. It is back country, it is wilderness," Andrea Dearden, spokesperson with the Ada County Sheriff's Office said.

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