Nightly News   |  August 12, 2013

Kidnapping victim Hannah ‘was under extreme duress’

After being spotted on Saturday by a surveillance plane, Hannah and her suspected kidnapper James DiMaggio were in an area so remote it took the FBI two hours to reach them. During the confrontation DiMaggio was shot and killed, and Hannah flown to safety. NBC’s Joe Fryer reports.

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>>> we're learning new information about a dramatic rescue of a 16-year-old girl kidnapped and taken hostage in idaho . right out in back home and safe after a manhunt that began a week ago today and ended with a chance encounter with strangers who knew something wasn't right. we get our report tonight from nbc's joe fryer.

>> reporter: just 48 hours after rescuers pulled his daughter from the idaho wilderness.

>> i'm very proud of her.

>> reporter: returning to san diego .

>> the healing process will be slow. she has been through a tremendous, horrific ordeal.

>> reporter: hannah and kidnapping suspect james dimaggio were spotted saturday by surveillance plane at a desolate campsite. the area was so remote it took fbi hostage teams more than two hours to reach them.

>> dimaggio had a rifle, and then he fired at least one round prior to being shot and killed.

>> reporter: hannah was flown from the scene to safety.

>> she was a victim in this case. not a willing participant and under extreme duress.

>> reporter: hannah didn't know her mother tina and 8-year-old brother ethan were murdered until after she was rescued. dimaggio , a close family friend, killed them, set his house on fire and kidnapped hannah . the big break came fwhens idaho 's back country.

>> for us to be there at the precise time to interact with them, it's, one chance in a trillion.

>> reporter: two couples were riding horses when they stumbled upon dimaggio and hannah , not knowing at the time who they were.

>> well, when i seen her, she had a fearful look in her eyes. and -- that put up a red flag for me.

>> reporter: that friday, investigators found dimaggio 's blue nissan shroulded by brush and debris. by saturday the car was towed for analysis just at the manhunt came to an end.

>> some of of you might find the amber ay lert annoying, please, pay attention. keep your eyes open . let's bring those children home.

>> reporter: the sheriff here in san diego says he will not discuss any details about what happened during hannah 's abduction as law enforcement continues its investigation into the events of the past week. lester?

>> joe fryer, thanks.