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Anderson: "It's Healing Time"; Hannah Anderson Rescued; Sinkhole Swallowing Florida Resort; U.S. Reopens Most Facilities in Middle East, North Africa; Missing Toddler Found; New Justice Department Crime Policy; "He Was Very Special to Me"; Veterans Accuse San Diego Mayor

Aired August 12, 2013 - 06:00   ET



UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We knew she was strong and we knew she'd make it. We knew she could do this and she did it.

CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: Rescued. New details inside the stunning rescue of 16-year-old Hannah Anderson. The hero witnesses who spotted her. The FBI agents that took down her kidnapper and what her father says about being reunited with his daughter.

KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: Breaking overnight. A giant sinkhole swallows part of a resort outside Disney World. Guests evacuated the building crumbling. We have the latest.

MICHAELA PEREIRA, CNN ANCHOR: Out of rehab and back into the mayor's office. The San Diego mayor accused of harassing 14 women leaves therapy earlier than expected, and his constituents are angrier than ever.

CUOMO: Your NEW DAY starts right now.

Announcer: This is NEW DAY with Chris Cuomo, Kate Bolduan, and Michaela Pereira.


CUOMO: Good morning, everybody. Happy Monday. Welcome to NEW DAY. It's August 12, 6:00 in the East. I'm Chris Cuomo.

BOLDUAN: Good morning, everyone. I'm Kate Bolduan. We're here with news anchor, Michaela Pereira.

PEREIRA: Good morning.

BOLDUAN: We have a lot on that amazing rescue of Hannah Anderson coming up. We have those new details on her rescue, but also, new information on how they found her. This picture just in showing how her captor, James Dimaggio, tried to hide his car before going into the Idaho wilderness.

Look at that. And we're also going to hear from the police who helped in finding him as well, obviously, Hannah, as well. And we're going to hear live from those good Samaritans who spotted them and just knew that something wasn't quite right, and now, they found her.

CUOMO: Little details that taken by themselves didn't seem that important, wound up being the key to a huge discovery. We also have some video that we want to show you this morning from Mudslide, Colorado. I've never seen anything like this. Look at this, those are cars obviously being swept away by the force of the floodwaters. OK, one person is already missing. We're going to have the latest on what's going on there.

PEREIRA: And in tech news this morning, the newest iPhone reportedly now set to be announced a month from now, a whole lot of speculation about what new features the latest version will have, but also questions as to whether Apple is losing ground to competitors like Samsung. Talk about that coming up.

CUOMO: I have a couple of features I'd like to see change, by the way. I'll speak some truth to power when we're going to do that segment. All right, three great words that we would always love to hear when someone goes missing "it's healing time." Those are the three words texted to CNN by Brett Anderson, the father of the young lady you're looking at right now, 16-year-old Hannah Anderson. She was found alive and well over the weekend. Her alleged abductor, James DiMaggio, shot and killed by the FBI during a rescue in the Idaho wilderness.

Miguel Marquez is live this morning from Donnelly, Idaho. Good morning, Miguel.

MIGUEL MARQUEZ, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Good morning there, Chris. An amazing, amazing rescue it was. FBI hostage rescue teams moving in after a tip that saved Hannah's life.


MARQUEZ (voice-over): This morning 16-year-old Hannah Anderson recuperating from a hellish experience. She's secluded in a government facility, her father now with her, an FBI victim specialist helping her cope with the devastating loss of her mother, her brother Ethan, and a terrifying run with her captor, James DiMaggio.

Two couple on horseback in Idaho's back country providing critical tips after their unusual encounter with Anderson and her suspected abductor.

MARK JOHN, SPOTTED ANDERSON IN IDAHO: They showed up at the lake and they were just like a square peg going into a round hole. They didn't fit. He might have been an outdoorsman in California, but he was not an outdoorsman in Idaho and he didn't fit.

MARQUEZ: Few words spoken but nothing seemed right.

MIKE YOUNG, SPOTTED ANDERSON IN IDAHO: Usually you don't run into somebody that's wearing pajamas.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Who was wearing pajamas?

YOUNG: It looked like pajama bottoms she was wearing.

MARQUEZ: Even stranger, they were hiking with a cat, a house cat, possibly purchased for Hannah who loves cats along their run as a way of trying to sooth her.

JOHN: I said what are you doing with a cat in here? Those cats are only good to chum a wolf in or to bring in a mountain lion or something and he just kind of grinned.

MARQUEZ: What really set off alarm bells, DiMaggio told the foursome he was headed for the Salmon River. They didn't say it at that time, but knew he was headed in the wrong direction. Asked if they feared for their lives, the answer pure Idaho.

JOHN: We was all three packing pistols. Don't go in the woods without pistols. He might have got one of us, but in the end, we would have got them.

MARQUEZ: In the end, they didn't have to. A government plane surveyed the pair for hours, watching their every move. The FBI's hostage rescue team delivered to waiting choppers in a u-haul were dropped off more than a two-hour hike from the camp site. They surrounded the camp waiting for DiMaggio and Hannah to separate. Then they moved in.


MARQUEZ: Now what we don't know is what exactly Hannah saw of the final moments of Mr. DiMaggio's life. She was spirited away to a location near Boise. She is in good physical health, but certainly the trauma of the last week will take a long time if not the rest of her life to get over -- Kate.

BOLDUAN: A very long time, but at least now, she and her father can begin the healing process. Miguel Marquez, thanks so much.

Also this morning we're learning brand new details about Hannah Anderson's alleged abductor and the eerie family history that could have set this violent set of events in motion. CNN's Casey Wian is live in San Diego with more on this side of the story. Good morning, Casey.

CASEY WIAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Good morning, Kate. There's chilling details about the background of James DiMaggio's father emerged, Hannah Anderson's family here in San Diego eagerly awaits her return.


WIAN (voice-over): The family of 16-year-old Hannah Anderson after fearing the worst for nearly a week.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I'm so glad she's safe.

WIAN: Before leaving for Idaho, Hanna's father texted CNN he was nervous and excited about their reunion. As the family looks forward to Hannah's future, there are new questions about her alleged kidnapper's past. James DiMaggio was described as Hannah's father's best friend, a valuable handyman, a trusted uncle figure to Hannah and her brother, Ethan.

But he was also the son of another troubled man also named James DiMaggio, who held the 16-year-old daughter of a former girlfriend captive in 1989. Now a woman, she spoke with CNN affiliate, KFMB.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE (via telephone): I asked him not to kill us and he said don't worry, you won't feel a thing.

WIAN: She escaped and the elder James DiMaggio went to prison. The woman attended the same high school as his son who she says told her this one day.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I was walking to my locker and his son said, my dad is out and said to let you know he'll be waiting for you after school.

WIAN: Friday on "PIERS MORGAN TONIGHT," a friend of the younger DiMaggio warned that his father's past might be influencing the son's actions.

ANDREW SPANSWICK, DIMAGGIO'S FRIEND: What I found out was that Jim's father had committed suicide in 1998.

WIAN: To be exact, DiMaggio's father took a fatal drug overdose August 10, 1998, 15 years to the day before an FBI agent killed his son in these remote Idaho woods, freeing another 16-year-old girl.


WIAN: There's another date that may have an influence on all of this and that's August 3rd. That was the day James DiMaggio's father disappeared before his suicide. It's also the date that his mobile home, James DiMaggio's went up in flames burning the bodies of Hannah Anderson's mother and younger brother and launching this manhunt that ended this weekend -- Chris.

CUOMO: All right, Casey, thank you very much. You know, in situations like this you often wonder how could somebody do this, but now as you learn more about them and as eerie as it is, what happened with his father and all the similarities, it also gives us a little bit more insight into how this could have happened.

So let's keep piecing it together. Take a look at this picture. It shows DiMaggio's car was found by authorities in Idaho hidden under the brush. Look at the amount of time and attention that this must have taken, going into the idea of what he wanted to do, how serious he was about avoiding detection. But of course he was unsuccessful and we're also happy for that.

Let's bring in one of the people who helped make this happy ending, Colonel Ralph Powell. He is with the Idaho state police. He joins us now. Good morning, Colonel. Thank you very much for doing this interview.

COLONEL RALPH POWELL, IDAHO STATE POLICE: Good morning, Chris. Glad to be with you.

CUOMO: So when you look at the circumstances of what this could have been, how difficult a task was this to find this man and this young woman in the Idaho wilderness?

POWELL: Well, I think the key is what you just mentioned, the Idaho wilderness. It's a huge area, the Frank Church Wilderness area, not only is expansive, but it's rugged and it's rough. You go from 9,000 foot peaks down to gorges almost as deep as the Grand Canyon. So to think that you've got to cover all of that is -- would initially be perceived as a nearly impossible task. But nonetheless, resources were brought to bear and we were ready to take that on.

CUOMO: Is it fair to say this investigation is it proof that little things always matter? We've seen the retired sheriff, who is out on horseback who feels people aren't right and decides to be curious. A rookie trooper who sees what is he believes to be a lens in what looked like that beaver dam picture we just showed, how big a deal do that wind up being?

POWELL: Well, I agree, Chris. You've got attention to detail being paramount in this whole episode. I like your analogy. It looks like a beaver dam without a river. It was almost a structure with some pretty large limbs. But it's providence perhaps because the morning light hit just right to catch a piece of reflex off one of the rear tail lamps, the lenses. And that's what it took, right place, right time, sent it to right angle -- and I realize you've shown that picture. That is really a covered car so everything had to play into place just right in order for that to be seen.

CUOMO: Providence, one of those situations that make you think maybe there are no accidents. Now the third big clue that happened in a small way, a plastic bag, you don't want to disrupt the investigation and I don't want disrupt your morning routine, I know that there other people in the house there with you this morning. Tell me, Colonel, this plastic bag, did you all know right away that it was significant?

POWELL: Well, again, the attention to detail thing. You had a sergeant with the state police. They're going down this forest road and any other day that would be a bag you'd probably past by and cast it off as litter. In this particular circumstance they stopped, picked it up and the contents of that bag was significant in terms of -- and I can't go into it with too much detail -- but the evidence it presents in terms of what was already in plan back in California, what was in place because there's receipts and those types of things, as you would guess, in that type of bag that had information on it that was able to let them go to additional resources back at the store where certain purchases were made.

CUOMO: Wow, just amazing. You never know which includes will wind up mattering. But I know, Colonel, this will be a story that you'll wind up telling generations of people who into law enforcement about how attention to detail always matters. Thank God it worked out in this situation. Appreciate the interview this morning, Colonel.

POWELL: Thank you, Chris.

CUOMO: Thank you. Thank you for the good work with all your men.

Next hour, we're going to talk live with those horseback riders who spotted Hannah Anderson and James DiMaggio. What they say tipped them off that something just wasn't right.

BOLDUAN: Amazing, it is that attention to detail and almost -- I mean, you can think -- you would hope that anyone on horseback their radar would go up, but the fact he was a former sheriff was amazing. All right, we'll have much more on that ahead, but there's a lot of news developing at this hour. So let's get straight to Michaela for the latest headlines.

PEREIRA: Good morning to the two of you. Good morning to you at home. Breaking news overnight, a large sinkhole swallowing buildings at a resort near Disney World in Central Florida this morning. Rescue officials in Lake County say the sinkhole is about 60 feet in diameter and it is still growing.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It was the most surreal experience. I never could imagine in my wildest dreams.

PEREIRA (voice-over): A huge scare overnight at this resort just 10 minutes from Disney World. While visitors were relaxing, a giant 60- foot sinkhole suddenly opened beneath them.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: One woman was sitting in the tub and the tub just levitated and that's when she just grabbed a pair of shorts and came out with another.

PEREIRA: The sinkhole nearly devoured one three-story building and continues to sink another. It happened early this morning, 35 guests at the Summer Bay Resort were rushed out of the building to safety.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: They were going by and searching for people in the rooms.

PEREIRA: The sinkhole left a 15-foot deep crater in the ground. Witnesses say they heard loud noises and windows cracking.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: When the fire trucks and ambulances came, one person had to break out of a window because the door had collapsed.

PEREIRA: All guests were evacuated safely and no one was hurt, though the incident certainly did put a damper on many vacations.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We just got here and, you know, don't want the kid to see us with a sad face, they came to see Mickey, you know. I'm going to do my best to make it happen for them regardless of the material things we lost.


PEREIRA: And to point out again, that sinkhole is still growing. There are concerns about it. We'll keep an eye on it and bring you the very latest.

In other news, most of the U.S. embassies and consulates that had been shut down against fears amid an al Qaeda attack are now open for business once again. Facilities in 19 countries were shut down after the U.S. intercepted messages from al Qaeda leaders discussing a possible attack. The U.S. Embassy in Yemen remains close, the U.S. consulate in Lahore, Pakistan also closed due to an unrelated threat.

A missing 2-year-old boy whose disappearance triggered an amber alert in Rhode Island has been found. The 2-year-old Isaiah Perez was wandering alone on a sidewalk in Providence Sunday when a police officer spotted him. The boy lives in a house in Johnston, Rhode Island where two people were found dead. Two suspects are now in custody. They could be charged today.

New this morning, Attorney General Eric Holder ready to overhaul how the feds handle non-violent criminal offenders, Holder will speak at the annual meeting of the American Bar Association later this morning. He'll announce a new policy that would eliminate long mandatory minimum sentences for low level non-violent drug offenders who have no ties to gangs or trafficking operations.

Lea Michele honoring the memory of her late boyfriend and Glee castmate, Cory Monteith at last night's Teen Choice Awards. After winning best TV comedy actress, Michele tearfully dedicated her award to Monteith.


LEA MICHELE, ACTRESS: I promise that with your love we're going to get through this together. He was very special to me and also to the world and we were very lucky to witness his incredible talent, his handsome smile and his beautiful, beautiful heart.


PEREIRA: Monteith was found dead of a drug overdose in Vancouver, Canada in a hotel room last month.

One woman is missing this morning in Colorado after devastating flash floods and mudslides. She was last seen desperately clinging to a tree near a swollen creek. One man was killed by the rushing waters. About an inch and a half of rain fell Friday night triggering severe floods that swept away at least one home and damaged others and tossed cars around like toys.

CNN's Jennifer Delgado is tracking the weather for us this morning. This is a real concern -- Jennifer.

JENNIFER DELGADO, AMS METEOROLOGIST: Absolutely. Michaela, you know, you see video like that, I'll tell you, coming out of India during monsoon season, it's very rare to see something like that. But it did happen in Manitou. You see the area just to the Northwest of Colorado Springs. The area, as you mentioned, picked up one and a half inches of water. But the problem is Manitou is in a valley.

Look at the terrain there. A lot of mountains around, so the water just funnel down. And to make matters worse, the area was recovering from a wildfire last year so the rainfall basically had nowhere to go. It just caused all that rain off.

Now as we go through today, we are still looking at the chance for more of those storms out there so residents need to be weather aware if you're going to be anywhere near the Colorado Springs or Manitou region.

As you can see where the storm is going to be. And speaking of storms, across parts of the Northeast, we have a wet start for you. Showers and thunderstorms moving through parts of northern New Jersey and New York this morning. Heavy rainfall is still in the forecast for part of the Midwest as we go through the next couple of days as well as the Northeast.

So, get used to the rain around, especially tomorrow for you folks in New York.

Back to you, guys.

CUOMO: Jennifer Delgado, thank you very much. Indra Petersons is on vacation. Thanks for stepping.

We're going to take a break here on NEW DAY: 14 women -- I'll say it again, 14 women. That's the mayor of San Diego, Bob Filner. Fourteen women saying he sexually harassed them.

As a response: Filner was going to spend two weeks getting therapy. He left a week early. Now, no one seems to know where he is.

BOLDUAN: Vice President Joe Biden traveling to Iowa next month. Why oh why? He'll be attending a steak fry. Why is that news? It has something to do with the White House.

CUOMO: Yes. It ain't the steak.


CUOMO: Welcome back to NEW DAY, everybody.

San Diego's mayor has ended his two-week sexual harassment therapy. Now, some say it's a week early. He and his lawyers say he started it a week early so he completed the two weeks. But to the women who have allegations against him, it's a big whatever, because now there are 14 different women who say that the mayor of San Diego harassed them.

Filner for his part has offered no explanation or defense to the waves of complaints. So there are calls for Filner to step down grow louder by the day.

Here is CNN's Kyung Lah. (BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

KYUNG LAH, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): This morning in San Diego, Mayor Bob Filner is believed to be back in the city he governs after checking out of rehab a week before he publicly said he would finish.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It's kind of people shaking their heads and saying, you know, it's ridiculous. Why is it continuing?

LAH: Filner's residents overwhelming want him to stay away.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Really mayor? You did what you did and now you want to stay as mayor? Bull (EXPLETIVE DELETED). You're not staying as mayor.

LAH: Voters aren't the only ones. U.S. senator and fellow Democrat, Barbara Boxer, writing a letter to Filner said, "You must resign." She adds, the latest revelations regarding "women recovering from sexual assault have shaken me to my core."

The senator is talking about CNN's exclusive interview with these two women both former military and rape survivors who say they were then harassed by Bob Filner at a support meeting. Filner was invited into their women's veterans group, seen as a champion of their cause.

ELDONNA LEWIS FERNANDEZ (RET), MSGT, USAF: We're all victims of military sexual assault and it appears to me that he was targeting this organization and hitting on the women in this organization because they were easy prey.

LAH: The city attorney's office, the sheriff's department and the California attorney general's office all working on investigating the mayor. Filner's chief of staff reportedly changed the lock on the mayor's office to preserve what she calls potential evidence. The mayor remains on personal leave amid the growing chorus for him to resign.

Kyung Lah, CNN, San Diego.


BOLDUAN: That story is definitely not over.

CUOMO: All you can hope for is there's some explanation but you haven't heard anything from the mayor. Just seems to be what it looks like.

BOLDUAN: We'll wait and see.

Coming up next on NEW DAY: four riders on horseback calling in the tip that helped FBI rescue kidnapping victim Hannah Anderson. They're being praised for their sharp instincts. You'll find out why when they join us live on NEW DAY, ahead.

CUOMO: They just don't look like they'd be horseback riding in the Idaho wilderness. BOLDUAN: No, not at all.

CUOMO: All right. And we could just be weeks away from the introduction of Apple's next generation iPhone. The question, can the tech giant recapture the magic of old.

A better question for me, can they fix that auto correct? It's killing me!