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Hannah Anderson In Surprise Public Appearance
California kidnap victim Hannah Anderson has appeared in public for the first time since being rescued.
The 16-year-old was ushered into a fundraiser at a San Diego-area restaurant, just days after the end of her ordeal at the hands of family friend James DiMaggio, who had earlier killed her mother and younger brother
Amid ongoing questions about the tragedy, her father, Brett Anderson, thanked the community and "family friends for being here".
"Hannah sends her love. She's doing good, day by day. And we'll just keep moving forward from here," he told reporters outside the event in Lakeside.
The teenager disappeared on August 4, the same day that firefighters found the bodies of Christina Anderson, 44, and eight-year-old Ethan Anderson at DiMaggio's burnt-out cabin home.
Investigators found a crowbar and blood next to the mother's head. Ethan's remains were discovered by officers as they sifted through the rubble.
DiMaggio is also believed to have shot and killed the family dog, found under a sleeping bag in the garage with a pool of blood close to its head.
Exactly why or how the 40-year-old longtime family friend tortured and then killed his victims remains unclear.
As does his reason for apparently keeping Hannah hostage for six days in the Idaho wilderness, before he was killed in a shoot-out with police.
Officers who searched his torched home have revealed they found firebombs, ammunition, used condoms, and "letters from Hanna".
NBC 7 in San Diego reported that a DNA test kit was also recovered from inside Christina Anderson's burned-out car.
The search warrants released by police also detailed a dozen calls between Hannah and DiMaggio before her disappearance.
Both phones were then turned off, and the home burned down several hours later.
The documents additionally describe how DiMaggio had previously taken Hannah on trips away, most recently to Malibu and Hollywood.
Earlier this week the teenager posted images online and fielded hundreds of questions about her ordeal via the Ask.fm social networking site.
She said DiMaggio got what he deserved and added: "I'm just still shocked and this (whole) thing seems unreal."
Her grandmother Sara Britt said on Thursday that the teenager just needs time and space with her family.
"She's got her same beautiful smile that you've seen on TV for the last two weeks," Mrs Britt said.
"And she's trying to be a normal 16-year-old child and that's what we're going to help her through. Now is the time to let her act like a child and be herself."