SAN DIEGO (KTLA) — Hannah Anderson’s mother and brother were dead before suspected kidnapper James DiMaggio set his home on fire with the victims inside, according to search warrants released Wednesday.
Authorities responded to a call of a fire at the residence in the town of Boulevard just after 8 p.m. on Aug. 4.
They found 44-year-old Christina Anderson face down in the garage. Her body was covered by a tarp and a crowbar was found near her head, the warrant stated.
The burned remains of 8-year-old Ethan Anderson were found inside the house.
The documents state that Hannah was picked up at cheerleading practice at Sweetwater High School four hours before the fire was reported.
It was not clear who picked her up.
The warrant also showed that earlier that day a welfare check was conducted at the Anderson’s apartment, but no one was home.
It was not known who requested the check.
Authorities used a telephonic search warrant to track DiMaggio’s phone records after Hannah’s disappearance.
On the day of the fire the warrant showed DiMaggio and the 16-year-old exchanged 13 calls.
Authorities also found that DiMaggio’s sister, Lora Robinson, made an unusually high number of calls to his phone on the day of the crime.
The documents also state that investigators learned through Hannah’s friends that DiMaggio had taken her on multiple day trips in the past.
The most recent outing was to Malibu and Hollywood.
DiMaggio was shot five times during an arrest attempt with federal agents in Idaho. Hannah was not injured.