SAN DIEGO — The 16-year-old California girl who was kidnapped by a family friend clarified some details Thursday about her relationship with her kidnapper, including that they exchanged texts beforehand, not phone calls as police have said, and that they wrote each other letters a year ago when she wasn't getting along with her mother.
The girl, Hannah Anderson, was kidnapped by family friend James Lee DiMaggio on Aug. 4 after he killed her mother and Hannah's 8-year-old brother at his rural house east of San Diego and fled with the teen, authorities have said.
San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore has declined to discuss a possible motive and investigators haven't publicly addressed other aspects of the case, including why the family went to DiMaggio's home, how Christina and Ethan Anderson died, the nature of letters from Hannah that were discovered in DiMaggio's home and how Hannah was treated in captivity.
According to search warrants, Anderson exchanged about 13 phone calls with DiMaggio before she was picked up from cheerleading practice that day. But Anderson told NBC's Today show in an interview that aired Thursday that communications were texts, not calls, and she was telling DiMaggio where to pick her up.
The San Diego County sheriff's office said it could not immediately explain the discrepancy.