Posted Monday, August 12th 2013 @ 9am
Hannah Anderson, the 16-year-old Lakeside teen rescued this past weekend after being abducted by family friend James Lee DiMaggio last week, appeared to be answering questions about her ordeal on a social media website Tuesday.
A person on the question-and-answer website Ask.fm that appeared to be the teen took various questions about the case that drew worldwide attention.
The account holder was "answering these questions so people know the truth."
10News learned the account on the website was created before the abduction. The San Diego County Sheriff's Department said they are aware of the account's existence, but they cannot confirm its legitimacy.
Jan Caldwell, a spokeswoman for the department, said it was aware of the online posts, but "we won't be making any comments" about them.
Many users questioned the validity of the account, to which the account holder responded by posting photos.
Hannah was kidnapped by the 40-year-old DiMaggio last week and taken to rural Idaho, according to authorities. Her mother and 8-year-old brother were killed by DiMaggio at his Boulevard home, authorities said.
A user asked: "So your mom and [Ethan] were just at his house for no reason and the thing went off and they caught [on] fire and burned?"
The response: "He told us he was losing his house because of money issues so we went up there one last time to support him, and to have fun riding go karts up there but he tricked us."
One question asked: "How did he separate you from your mother and brother?"
The response: "He tied them up in the garage. I'm done answering questions about it so don't bother asking."
Another user asked: "Did he tell u that he had a crush on u or was that a (rumor)?"
The response: "Yes he did he said it was more of a family crush like he had feelings as in he wanted nothing bad to happen to me."
One user asked: "Are u back in San Diego? And did he take u because he 'loved u' and wanted to be with u?"
The response: "No he took me to basically use me to carry his (expletive) to the river."
An answer on the account said, "He had a gun and threatened to kill me and anyone who tried to help."
Authorities said Hannah did not know about the deaths of her mother and brother until after she was rescued.
Another user asked: "If you could say anything to Ethan and your mom what would you say?"
The response: "That I'm sorry it ended like that. I wish I could go back in time and risk my life to try and save theirs. I will never forgive myself for not trying harder to save them."
Investigators were led to Idaho after DiMaggio and Hannah were spotted in the wilderness by a group of horseback riders.
One user asked: "Did u talk to hikers? When u were in the woods? Cuz the news said that the hikers said that u were calm."
The response: "I had to act calm I didn't want them to get hurt. I was scared that he would kill them."
The El Capitan High School student was rescued Saturday after an FBI tactical agent fatally shot DiMaggio.
One question from a user: "Are you happier they shot him or would you have wanted him to have life in prison?"
The person responded: "Shot him. He deserved what he got."
Hannah and her father returned to San Diego from Idaho Monday.
A fundraiser for the Anderson family will be held August 15 at the Lakeside Boll Weevil restaurant (9741 Winter Gardens Blvd., Lakeside, 92040; 619-334-1718).
From 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. that day, 20 percent of sales will be donated to the family. A raffle will also be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
In other developments:
It could have been more than a coincidence that 40-year-old James DiMaggio kidnapped 16-year-old Hannah Anderson and murdered her mother and eight-year-old brother on August 4th. Not only was DiMaggio shot and killed Saturday exactly 15 years to the day after his father's suicide, his late father had also held a 16-year-old girl at gunpoint, the daughter of his girlfriend at the time. DiMaggio's father committed suicide in 1998.
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At a Monday news conference, San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore said Hannah Anderson was kidnapped and held against her will and he says she did not know her mother and brother had been killed. "It's clear from the information that we received that she was under extreme duress. She was taken out of the county, out of the state, clearly against her will."
Gore says an FBI agent shot and killed 40-year-old James DiMaggio in Idaho late Saturday afternoon and 16-year-old Hannah Anderson was safely recovered.
Hannah was taken to a hospital after her abductor was shot and killed in good conditon. Her father, Brett Anderson flew to Idaho and was reunited with his daughter Sunday.
Hundreds of law enforcement personnel had descended on a rugged, isolated Idaho forest preserve where a car owned by DiMaggio was found and where he apparently was spotted along Hannah Anderson.
About 250 investigators with an array of agencies -- including the FBI and state and local police from across the country -- were combing a roughly 300-square-mile area in the remote area near Cascade. The teams included "highly trained" personnel, according to Andrea Dearden, a spokeswoman for the Ada County Sheriff's Office in Idaho.
An Idaho bomb squad searched James Lee DiMaggio's blue 2013 Nissan Versa over concerns that he might have booby-trapped it before abandoning it in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Area and fleeing on foot with 16-year-old Hannah Anderson of Lakeside, authorities said.
With no explosives found in the vehicle, detectives and crime-scene analysts from the San Diego County Sheriff's Department began processing it for evidence, Dearden said.
As many as 150 FBI agents were in the wilderness area Saturday, the Idaho Statesman newspaper in Boise reported.
The fugitive's sedan was found covered in brush with its license plates removed on Friday, not far away from the sighting.
Authorities believe DiMaggio killed the girl's mother, 44-year-old Christina Anderson and 8-year-old brother, Ethan, last weekend at the suspect's back-country home off Old Highway 80 east of Pine valley, then torched the log cabin-style residence.
Firefighters found the victims' remains and the body of their dog in the embers of the house in Boulevard, a mountainous community about 45 miles east of San Diego.