After an agonizing week of waiting, hoping and praying, Brett Anderson reunited with his 16-year-old daughter, Hannah, on Sunday, according to a source close to the situation.
Hannah was rescued in the Idaho wilderness after an FBI agent shot and killed the family friend suspected of killing her mother and brother, burning his own house down and kidnapping the girl.
James DiMaggio's death and Hannah's rescue late Saturday afternoon ended a frantic, weeklong manhunt. The girl did not appear to have significant physical injuries, authorities said.
"It's now healing time," the girl's father said in a text message to CNN.
"They didn't fit"
Hannah went missing after cheerleading practice in San Diego County, California, on August 3.
The next day, the bodies of her mother, Christina Anderson, and 8-year-old brother, Ethan, were found about 45 miles east in DiMaggio's burned house in Boulevard.
That horror spurred a manhunt, which zeroed in on central Idaho after two critical clues: the discovery of DiMaggio's blue Nissan Versa outside the city of Cascade and a sighting of the pair by horseback riders.
One of the horseback riders on Sunday described multiple "red flags" that were raised during their brief interaction with the pair, including their brand-new camping equipment and the pajama-like bottoms Hannah was wearing.
Mark John recalled the interaction as "just like a square peg going into a round hole. They didn't fit."
Another rider, Mike Young, said it looked like Hannah "had a scared look on her face," adding about DiMaggio: "I just had a gut feeling about him."
Unaware of the Amber Alert, however, the horseback riders continued on, and only after seeing a news report on the pair upon returning home did the group put the puzzle pieces together.
"When I seen that picture on the screen, I told my wife, I said, 'That is the girl that was up on that mountain,'" John recalled.
Hundreds of law enforcement agents scoured 300 square miles of rough terrain, hampered by the smoke from nearby wildfires.
Late Saturday afternoon, they spotted the pair's campsite near Morehead Lake, Idaho. But the topography was so steep, helicopters had to drop authorities off far away from the camp.
Hostage rescue teams had to hike more than two hours to get to the scene, local sheriffs' departments said.
They moved in carefully so they wouldn't alert DiMaggio that they were coming.
"Once the teams set up, they waited until DiMaggio and Hannah separated and moved in," the Valley and Ada county sheriffs' offices said.
Authorities ushered Hannah to an area where a helicopter could whisk her away.
At some point, a "confrontation" ensued between authorities and DiMaggio, San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore said. The confrontation ended when an FBI tactical agent shot and killed the murder and kidnapping suspect.
"Obviously we would have liked for Mr. DiMaggio to surrender and face justice in the court of law," Gore said. "But that's not going to be the case."
'Hannah is safe'
Hannah didn't appear to have significant physical injuries,but was immediately taken to a hospital, the sheriff's spokeswoman said.
"Hannah is safe, and that was our first priority from the very beginning," Valley County, Idaho, Sheriff Patti Bolen said.
In his text to CNN, Brett Anderson expressed a range of emotions upon hearing of his daughter's rescue soon after his wife and son's death.