"It's healing time" for 16-year-old Hannah Anderson and her family this morning after the teen was rescued from her harrowing experience with suspected abductor James DiMaggio.
Hannah’s father, Brett Anderson, reunited with his daughter over the weekend and texted those three words to CNN after she was found.
“She's secluded in a government facility—her father now with her, an FBI victim specialist helping her cope with the devastating loss of her mother Christina, brother Ethan and a terrifying week on the run with her captor,” who was shot and killed by the FBI during a rescue mission in the Idaho wilderness, reports CNN’s Miguel Marquez. (WATCH VIDEO)
Two couples on horseback in Idaho's backcountry provided authorities with the critical tip after what they considered an unusual encounter with Hannah and DiMaggio.
Today, those eagle-eyed riders, Mark and Christa John, and Mike and Mary Young, are being hailed as heroes.
“…We came upon this young girl and this older man and they just really didn't fit very well,” Mark John says.
“They weren't dressed for the country or the area, and then as we rode further on, we encountered the tent that they had set up, which was totally out of place.” (WATCH TOP VIDEO)
He says the group then began “discussing the fact that they didn't fit there, that something was wrong.”
Christa John says she had felt the inclination to speak to Hannah, but her husband advised her against it. “In retrospect I'm glad that I didn't because that could have turned out terribly wrong for all of us,” she says.
The riders continued on their way and only contacted police after seeing the Amber Alert for Hannah on TV once they returned home.
“We felt like something definitely needed to be done,” Mike Young says.
“One thing that's come out of this is how important that Amber Alert is, that people need to be aware and observant,” Mary Young says. “Otherwise we would have missed turning in that information.”