TCTI: Too Crazy To Ignore
Dave Ross
hannahanderson_jamesdimaggio_manhuntidaho_ap980.jpg
ADA County paramedics and other authorities offload at the Cascade Emergency Operations Center in Cascade, Idaho, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013. About 150 federal agents have converged on Idaho's Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness in the search for 16-year-old Hannah Anderson and her suspected abductor, 40-year-old James Lee DiMaggio. (AP Photo/Robby Milo)

Idaho's wilderness security system

Teenager Hannah Anderson is safe and her kidnapper James Lee DiMaggio is dead.

And it's thanks to this guy, "I'm Mark John, former Gem County Sheriff, retired army officer, Army Rangers."

Mark John and his wife were on horseback in the Idaho mountains with another couple when they noticed a man and a girl who clearly weren't from around there.

"Because in the back country in Idaho, you run across somebody back there hiking, they're usually quite friendly," described John. "They exchange knowledge about where they've been, what they've done, where they were going. These people did not want to talk to us whatsoever."

And they had a cat with them.

"I made a comment, 'What are you doing with a cat in here? Them cats are only good to chum a wolf in, or to bring in a mountain lion,'" said John.

As they left, the girl made a strange remark, "We started riding away and then she says it looks like 'we're all in trouble in now,' or 'we're in real trouble now.'"

But as unusual as all that was, by itself, it wouldn't be enough for them to call the cops, or suspect anything worse than just another Californian who had no idea what he was doing.

Until they got home and turned on the television.

"The Amber Alert was on the television, and I told my wife, 'that is that girl we seen on the mountain,'" said John.

Sometimes guardian angels don't have wings - they're on horseback. And used to be in the army. And may not even realize they're guardian angels - until they turn on the TV.

Read more:
Chance encounter in Idaho wilderness led to rescue
What is that horrifying alert that came out of your phone?
Timeline of California killings and abduction

Dave Ross, KIRO Radio Morning News Anchor
Dave Ross hosts the Morning News on KIRO Radio weekdays from 5-9 a.m. Dave has won the national Edward R. Murrow Award for writing five times since he started at KIRO Radio in 1978.
Top Stories

  • Quick and Profitable
    Ron and Don say it's time to cut off Seattle's presidential ATM

  • Concert Congestion
    Concertgoers are crying foul after missing the Journey-Steve Miller show for a traffic jam

  • Seeking a Sequel
    Danny O'Neil has 3 things things to watch for as the Seahawks start training camp
ATTENTION COMMENTERS: We've changed our comments, but want to keep you in the conversation.
Please login below with your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Disqus account. Existing MyNorthwest account holders will need to create a new Disqus account or use one of the social logins provided below. Thank you.
comments powered by Disqus
Sign up for breaking news e-mail alerts from MyNorthwest.com
In the community
Do you know an exceptional citizen who has impacted and inspired others?
KIRO Radio and WSECU would like to recognize six oustanding citizens this year. Nominate them to be recognized and to receive a $2,000 charitable grant.