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Grandparents: Hannah's safe return is "the best news"

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Hannah's grandparents were elated to hear that she had been found safe and are looking forward to her return to San Diego.

They spoke to News 8 Sunday about the ordeal and the relationship their granddaughter had with DiMaggio.

Hannah's grandparents tell News 8 they are looking forward to speaking with Hannah, who has reunited with her father, Brett Anderson, who flew from San Diego to Idaho Sunday morning.

They are ecstatic by Hannah's safe rescue, which they say came much quicker than they could have hoped for.

"It was just awesome -- the best news we could have had -- we ever had in our life," Sara Britt said.

The grandparents of Hannah Anderson, overwhelmed with relief, less than a week after she was reported missing, their 16-year-old granddaughter is safely rescued in the remote Idaho wilderness where she had been held captive by 40-year-old James DiMaggio, whom authorities killed.

"They just did an awesome job -- and it was so quick -- like I say, we were worried because time was of the essence," she said.

Sara and Ralph Britt are also crediting the quick thinking and actions of the four horse riders who spotted Hannah and DiMaggio in the rugged Idaho back country and reported their suspicions to authorities, sparking an all out search that ended much faster than they anticipated.

"We were ready for the long haul... We thought it would be a week or two," Ralph Britt said.

This joyous news comes amid the tragic losses of the Britt's daughter, Hannah's mother, 44-year-old Christina Anderson and their 8-year-old grandson Ethan, who deputies say were killed by DiMaggio before he burned down his Boulevard home with their bodies inside.

Little Ethan's remains were so badly burnt, at one point investigators were uncertain if he could ever be positively identified.

"That's something that is hard to live with -- not being confirmed -- but I think we knew... But we kept on looking for him with Hannah," Sara said.

Hannah's grandparents say that James DiMaggio was a long time and trusted friend of the family.

"You see little things that make you uneasy, this 40-year-old man being so interactive with these children on his own, but he was such a good person," she said.

In recent weeks, Hannah had confided in friends that James DiMaggio had told her he had a crush on her, which made her feel uneasy.

Hannah's grandmother Sunday said that one positive aspect of this entire ordeal is that hopefully young people will get the message that it's important to tell a parent or other adult to prevent a similar situation.

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