Amanda Knox Headed Home to Seattle

Celebrity News Oct. 4, 2011 AT 9:00AM
Amanda Knox Headed Home to Seattle Credit: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

Amanda Knox has said goodbye to Italy -- and imprisonment -- at last.

After Monday's dramatic ruling in an Italian appeals court -- the 24-year-old was exonerated in the 2007 murder of her roommate Meredith Kercher -- Knox was spotted catching a flight out of Rome's Leonardo daVinci airport.

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Along with her parents Kurt and Edda Knox, she is reportedly bound for her hometown of Seattle, Washington.

The suddenly-free young woman wrote of her gratitude in a letter to the Italy-US Foundation, thanking those "who shared my suffering and helped me survive with hope...Those who wrote, those who defended me, those who were close, those who prayed for me," she wrote before signing off, "I love you, Amanda."

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Following her emotional Monday court appeal, Knox's ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito was also freed in the murder case. Before heading out of the country, Knox spent Monday night with her mom and was "calm, at ease," her lawyer Carlo Dalla Vedova told CNN Tuesday.

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"We're thankful that Amanda's nightmare is over," Knox's sister, Deanna, said shortly after the ruling. "She suffered for four years for a crime she did not commit."

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