It's as happy an ending one could expect from such a horrible story.
16 year old Hannah Anderson rescued and apparently unharmed after going missing for a week from the San Diego area.
It's a happy ending that probably wouldn't have happened without a group of four who went on a fishing trip in the Idaho woods.
"It makes me feel really great that the girl was found and that she's safe," said Mark John.
This all started when Anderson went missing after cheerleading practice last Saturday.
The next day the bodies of her mother and 8 year old brother were found in the burned down house of James DiMaggio, a family friend who apparently had a crush on the 16 year old girl.
It was assumed DiMaggio had abducted Anderson.
No one had laid eyes on the pair until Wednesday when John and his group spotted them in the Idaho wilderness and noticed something peculiar.
"She was uh, kinda had a scared look on her face when I first come up the trail," said Mike Young.
That's not all.
They say Anderson appeared to be wearing pajama bottoms or sweatpants, not the ideal outfit for a trip in very dense woods and that DiMaggio at one point was seen petting a cat.
John says that feline would only attract dangerous, wild animals. He says no Idaho outdoorsman would bring the animal in the woods.
Then they heard Hannah say something that really made them worry.
"She said it looks like we're all in trouble now or we're in real trouble now," said John.
"When we went up the trail a little ways I turned around and told these guys there was something wrong there and that something wasn't right," said Young.
When John and his wife returned home Thursday, they turned on the TV and made a shocking discovery.
The Amber Alert was on television and I told my wife I said that is that girl we seen on the mountain," said John.
He called the Idaho State Police who eventually tracked the pair down, taking Anderson away then shooting DiMaggio dead after a "confrontation."
At one point it was thought Anderson being reunited with her father was a long shot.
Now it's a sure thing thanks to the help of an observant group in Idaho.
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