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Amber Alerts, social media, credited in teen's return
CALIFORNIA (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A southern California girl is back home with her family Tuesday morning after the man believed to have abducted her was killed in a shootout.
Hannah Anderson was the subject of an Amber Alert after the bodies of her mother and brother were found in the suspect's burning home.
Authorities say family friend James Dimaggio killed them then kidnapped Hannah.
The two were spotted days later in Moorehead Lake, Idaho.
Investigators say Dimaggio had a rifle and fired at least one round before he was shot and killed.
Hannah's father credits her safe return to Amber Alerts and social media.
"There are many missing children. Some of you might find the Amber Alert annoying, but please pay attention, keep your eyes open. Let's bring those children home. No one should have to go through this," said Hannahs father Brett Anderson.
Officials say Hannah was not aware her mother and brother were killed till investigators told her.