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Hannah Anderson Speaks Out On TODAY

The 16-year-old California girl who was kidnapped by a family friend and later rescued says she exchanged texts with the man beforehand, not phone calls as police have said.

Authorities say James Lee DiMaggio killed his close friend and her 8-year-old son Aug. 4 at his rural house east of San Diego and fled with her 16-year-old daughter.

Search warrants have said the teen, Hannah Anderson, exchanged about 13 phone calls with DiMaggio before she was picked up from cheerleading practice that day.

But Anderson says the communications were texts, not calls, and she was telling DiMaggio where to pick her up.

Anderson gave her first news interview since her rescue to NBC's "Today" show. It aired Thursday.

The San Diego County Sheriff's says it could not immediately explain the discrepancy.

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Hannah Anderson, the 16-year-old from California kidnapped and held hostage by a family friend suspected of killing her mother and brother decided to speak with NBC News to thank her supporters.

Anderson was held hostage in the Idaho wilderness for six days before being rescued. She also wanted to address some of the inaccurate reports surrounding her capture. In a conversation to air Thursday morning on TODAY. She credits the Amber Alert system for saving her life and calls herself a survivor.

"In the beginning I was a victim, but now, knowing everyone out there is helping me, I consider myself a survivor instead. My mom raised me to be strong, " said Anderson in the interview.

You can watch the full interview Thursday on TODAY.


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