SAN DIEGO (KTLA) — Authorities in San Diego on Friday positively identified the second body found in a burning home in Boulevard as that of 8-year-old Ethan Anderson.
DNA harvested from the boy’s bone marrow was used to make the identification, authorities said.
The boy’s body was found Sunday along with that of his mother, Christina Anderson.
The positive identification was announced just hours after a possible sighting was reported of the boy’s sister Hannah and her alleged kidnapper James DiMaggio in Idaho.
A horseback rider near Cascade, Idaho, came across a man and a young woman who matched the description of DiMaggio and the missing 16-year-old on Wednesday, San Diego Sheriff Bill Gore said.
The man struck up a brief conversation with them in the River of No Return Wilderness area, Ada County sheriff’s acting spokeswoman Andrea Dearden said.
“They did speak and exchange pleasantries. I don’t think there was a lot of information exchanged,” Dearden said. “He left the conversation believing they were camping in the area.”
The horseman said the man and girl were hiking with camping gear, Dearden said.
He called the Amber Alert tip line after he saw news account of the search later that night.
A search of the area Friday morning turned up a blue, four-door Nissan Versa belonging to DiMaggio.
The car was hidden by brush, with its license plates removed, Sheriff Gore said.
Authorities confirmed the car’s ownership by its vehicle identification number.
DiMaggio, 40, was being sought in the murders of Christina Anderson and her son Ethan as well as the abduction of Hannah Anderson, her daughter.
Local law enforcement, along with FBI and the U.S. Marshals Service, have joined in the search for DiMaggio and Anderson.