Now at home in San Diego, 16-year-old Hannah Anderson’s faces a slow healing process following her highly publicized abduction.
“Those who know Hannah Anderson say that she is shocked by the attention that her kidnapping has garnered,” reports CNN’s Miguel Marquez.
“But maybe most importantly, she’s starting to prepare for the funeral of her mother and her eight-year-old brother.”
Hannah has just learned that they were murdered, “their bodies found in the burning home of abductor James Lee DiMaggio in East of San Diego on August 4th,” Marquez reports.
DiMaggio is believed to have then abducted Hannah, leading to an “international manhunt stretching up and down the West Coast,” until they were finally found in a remote location in Idaho where DiMaggio held Hannah under durress.
Hannah was in close proximity to DiMaggio when he was gunned down by the FBI.
“The major break in the case came last Wednesday, when a group of horseback riders encountered the pair, later recognizing the teen from an Amber Alert,” Marquez says.
“Many details remain unclear, including DiMaggio's motive and the circumstances under which Hannah traveled with DiMaggio.”
Meanwhile, San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore has stressed to the press Hannah “is a victim in every sense of the word in this horrific crime,” trying to squelch any rumors that she was somehow complicit in the kidnapping.
Marquez says, “That’s one thing that he doesn’t want–and the family doesn’t want right now, for the victim to be victimized anymore.”
Watch the "New Day" interview with the horseback riders who helped authorities find Hannah: