CASCADE, Idaho (KTLA) – Search teams on horseback and all-terrain vehicles spread out across a remote wilderness area in Idaho on Saturday in hopes of finding a missing teenager and her alleged captor, authorities said.
Police set up checkpoints on roads in the area and helicopters were brought in to assist with the massive manhunt, which included more than 150 law enforcement officials.
The search effort was launched a day earlier after a horseback rider near Cascade, Idaho, reported coming 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 a news account of the search later that night.
A search of the area Friday 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.