Family of missing teen Hannah Anderson relieved by sighting in Idaho

SAN DIEGO - Family members of Lakeside teen Hannah Anderson, who has been missing for nearly a week, say they are relieved she was sighted with her possible abductor in the Idaho wilderness.

Hannah Anderson's father, Brett Anderson, said Friday he was cautiously optimistic about the chances of her safe return.

Hannah's grandparents told 10News while they are happy that 16-year-old Hannah may be alive, they are also heartbroken that her 8-year-old brother Ethan was not seen with her and DiMaggio.

Family members met with 10News while wearing shirts that read "Hannah Strong" and showed a photo of the high school student.

They said the message fits Friday's promising news of her sighting.

Family members told 10News there has been overwhelming international support for the entire family.

Earlier in the day, authorities said a car belonging to murder/kidnap suspect James DiMaggio was found in Idaho after a horseback rider reported seeing the man and girl hiking in the wilderness 70 miles from Boise.
San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore said the Hannah did not appear as if she was being held against her will.

Anderson said he can't explain why his daughter didn't ask the horseback riders for help. He said it is impossible to understand her state of mind.

DiMaggio has been sought since the bodies of Hannah's mother and an unidentified child were found Sunday at DiMaggio's burned home in Boulevard.

DiMaggio had bought camping gear a few weeks ago and investigators said they believe his flight was planned.

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