New Information in Kidnap Victim Hannah Anderson Case Includes Letters & Calls

The country is still reeling from what happened to 16-year-old Hannah Anderson, who was kidnapped by longtime family friend James DiMaggio, and brought to the Idaho mountains after he tortured and killed her mother and younger brother. Since Hannah's rescue, in which DiMaggio was killed in a shootout with FBI agents, Hannah has been on social media describing her ordeal. And now more information is coming to light about the tragic case. Information that once again will cause tongues to wag about what really happened that day, but judgments should be withheld until all of the facts are in.


On Friday, search warrants showed that Hannah's abductor, DiMaggio, had letters from Hannah inside of his home. Warrants also show that there were at least 13 calls between phones belonging to Hannah and DiMaggio on the day she was abducted. Their calls stopped around 4 p.m. when both phones were shut off. Police wouldn't say who initiated the calls.

A sheriff's spokeswoman says that despite this, Hannah is still not considered to be part of any plot to kill her mother and younger brother, saying:

Hannah was a victim in every sense of the word. We cannot be more clear on that.

Since DiMaggio was a trusted friend of the family and was considered like an "uncle" to Hannah and brother Ethan, it's not too surprising that there were letters and calls between the two. Especially if DiMaggio was somehow in the process of talking her into a trek to the Idaho wilderness. Police did not say what was in the letters, but presumably they have been read by now, if they are not charred beyond reading.

According to the Los Angeles Times, also found in DiMaggio's home were "duct tape and handcuff boxes ... along with a Yosemite camping printout, cut electrical cords, model rocket containers and two used condoms."

Also seized were a computer and a journal. Warrants said that Hannah and DiMaggio had been on "multiple day trips" together.

DiMaggio had apparently lured Hannah's mom and brother to his home to say goodbye before he moved to Texas. It was there that he tortured and killed both, and even shot their dog, before setting his home on fire and taking Hannah. It remains unclear how he got Hannah into the Idaho wilderness.

No doubt all of the facts will come to light very soon.

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