Hannah Anderson spotters, state trooper to be honored

May 1, 2014 

Andrea Dearden, spokeswoman for the Ada County Sheriff's Office, right, introduces the four Sweet residents whose report on an encounter with two campers led to the Aug. 10 rescue of 16-year-old Hannah Anderson from the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. From left are Mary Young, Mike Young, Mark John and Christa John.

JOHN SOWELL — Idaho Statesman

The four Sweet residents who spotted kidnap victim Hannah Anderson last summer near Morehead Lake in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness and whose report led to the rescue of the teenager will be honored Friday afternoon by the Idaho State Police.

Former Gem County Sheriff Mark John, his wife Christa and their friends Mike and Mary Young will be honored by ISP Col. Ralph Powell during a ceremony at 2:30 p.m. in Building 4 on the ISP campus at 700 S. Stratford Dr. in Meridian.

At the same time, ISP Cpl. Scott Tueliners will be presented with the ISP Life Saving Award for saving the lives of two people after their vehicle caught fire after a high-speed crash in February.

The Johns and Youngs were horseback riding in the Frank Church Wilderness in August when they came across Anderson and kidnapper James DiMaggio. The two couples were not aware of the kidnapping until they returned home and saw an Amber Alert and photos of Anderson and DiMaggio on news broadcasts.

John contacted ISP Corp. Tom Nesbitt, who formerly worked for John as a Gem County deputy, to report the sighting. The phone call triggered a massive search by more than 100 officers from Valley County and several other counties, along with state and federal officers in the rugged mountain wilderness.

Anderson was rescued during an operation that led to the shooting death of DiMaggio.

Tueliners was on patrol on State Street, just west of Glenwood Street on Feb. 18 when he saw a man driving a Chevrolet Caprice lose control and crash into a power pole. The vehicle immediately erupted into flames.

Tueliners grabbed a fire extinguisher and put out the fire. ISP officials said his quick action likely prevented the deaths of the two people in the car. They were seriously injured and had to be extricated from the car.

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