"I thought they were a bunch of guys who liked to go hunting together and dress in military garb," she said. "We heard them talk about getting the deer and that type of thing, but I never knew it had any military connotation or a connection to law enforcement. ... I certainly had no idea."
Robert Dudley, 80, housed Josh Stone in his beat-up camper before he was captured late Monday. Dudley told ABC News that Josh seemed "nice" and needed to place to stay because he knew he was "being looked after."
Dudley, who has known Josh Stone since he was 5 and has met the rest of the family on occasion, said the Stones are "nice people."
The fiancee of the other Stone brother, David Stone Jr., came to the family's defense, telling reporters that the Stones are harmless.
"I don't think they're dangerous," Brittany Bryant said. "They're not doing anything wrong. They're doing what they want to do.
"If they wanted to do something," she said, "they would have done it already."
David Stone Sr.'s former wife, Donna Stone, described him as a guy who has "got a temper."
"He can get radical and he wants things done his way," she said. "One way or the other, they will get done his way is the way he looks at everything."
ABC News' Matt Gutman contributed to this report.