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SoCal Amber Alert Suspect Killed in Idaho

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James Lee DiMaggio, left, and siblings Ethan, 8, and Hannah Anderson, 16.

James DiMaggio, the man suspected of kidnapping 16-year-old Hannah Anderson, was killed in Idaho by FBI agents after a six-day manhunt.

Hannah was rescued and did not appear to have any significant physical injuries.

DiMaggio was also accused of killing Anderson’s mother and her 8-year-old brother, Ethan, before abducting the teen.

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CASCADE, Idaho (KTLA) — James Lee DiMaggio, the man suspected of kidnapping 16-year-old Hannah Anderson, was killed Saturday during an arrest attempt in Idaho and Hannah was found safe, law enforcement officials said.

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A tow truck hauled JamesDiMaggio’s car out from where it was found in the Idaho wilderness. (Credit: @katemather / via Twitter)

DiMaggio, 40, was shot and killed by an FBI tactical agent about 4 p.m. in a remote area near the town of Cascade, San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore said at a news conference.

The alleged kidnapper’s campsite was found near Morehead Lake, in Idaho’s Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. It was initially spotted by two U.S. Marshals in a surveillance plane, Gore said.

“Obviously we would have liked Mr. DiMaggio to surrender and face justice in a court of law,” he said, “but that was not the case.”

Hannah was transported to a hospital for evaluation and “appears to be in pretty good shape,” he said.

“We will make sure she gets as much care as possible, physically and emotionally,” Andrea Dearden, a spokeswoman for the Ada County Sheriff’s Department, said.

Hannah was expected to be reunited with her father, Brett Anderson, sometime Sunday.

“I am nervous, excited and saddened for my wife and son and worried what my daughter has been through,” Anderson said in a text sent to CNN. “It’s now healing time. Keep us in your prayers.”

Search teams on horseback had spread out across a rugged 300-square-mile area earlier Saturday in the attempt to find Hannah and DiMaggio, 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 270 law enforcement officials.

The search effort was launched a day earlier after a horseback rider near Cascade reported coming across a man and a young woman who matched the description of DiMaggio and Hannah on Wednesday, Gore said.

The man struck up a brief conversation with them, 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, Gore said.

Authorities confirmed the car’s ownership by its vehicle identification number.

DiMaggio was being sought in the murders of Christina Anderson and her 8-year-old son, Ethan, as well as the abduction of Hannah, her daughter.

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.

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A search team prepares to spread out across the Idaho wilderness

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.

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.

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Ethan and Hannah 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.

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James Di Maggio had expressed inappropriate feelings toward 16-year-old Hannah Anderson, friends said.

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.

SAN DIEGO (KTLA) — The focus of a four-state Amber Alert may have abandoned his blue Nissan Versa and left it booby-trapped with explosives, authorities said Thursday.

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James DiMaggio had expressed inappropriate feelings toward 16-year-old Hannah Anderson, friends said.

James Lee DiMaggio, 40, was being sought in the murder of a San Diego woman and the abduction of her 16-year-old daughter Hannah and possibly her 8-year-old son Ethan.

DiMaggio was believed to be driving a blue, four-door Nissan Versa, with the California license plate No. 6WCU986.

San Diego County sheriff’s officials warned anyone who encounters the suspect’s car to stay away because it may be dangerous.

“Working on the theory that he abandoned the car, we think there is a possibility that the car might be rigged,” said San Diego County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Jan Caldwell. “So we want to put out there for civilian safety, for officer safety, if you see the car, do not approach it but call law enforcement.”

DiMaggio enjoyed camping and hiking, so “there is a possibility he could be hunkered down somewhere in a rural area — not just in southern California but anywhere up and down the state, the Northwest, Canada and down in Mexico,” Caldwell said.

An arrest warrant for murder has been issued for DiMaggio, authorities said.

In the event of his arrest, a judge has signed off on a $1 million bond, a San Diego County Superior Court spokesperson said.

The search began Saturday when the remains of Christina Anderson were found in a burned-out house owned by DiMaggio.

Authorities also found a second set of remains that may belong to her 8-year-old son Ethan.

The remains were consistent with those of an 8-year-old child, a law enforcement source told CNN.

Officials said it would take several days to get the results of DNA testing.

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Hannah and Ethan Anderson

Meantime, family friends have said that DiMaggio expressed inappropriate feelings toward Hannah Anderson in the past.

“He had a crush on her, and she supposedly was really scared,” family friend Tammi Paulson Anderson said.

“She didn’t want to go around him anymore, but she didn’t know how to tell anyone,” Anderson said.

Friends said that DiMaggio, who was a close family friend, took the teenager on a week-long trip to Hollywood for her 16th birthday.

That trip was cut short, however, when DiMaggio allegedly became upset with the amount of time that Hannah was spending on her phone, they said.

After that, Hannah apparently refused to respond to DiMaggio’s calls and text messages.

Hannah Anderson is about 5 feet 7 inches tall and 115 pounds, with blond hair and blue eyes.

Her brother Ethan has sandy blond hair and is about 4 feet 11 inches tall and 65 pounds.

Anyone who sees DiMaggio or the children should call 911. Anyone with information was asked to call the San Diego Sheriff’s Department at (858) 565-5200.

SAN DIEGO (KTLA) — A state-wide Amber Alert for suspected kidnapper James Lee DiMaggio and his blue Nissan Versa was expanded to Nevada, Oregon and Washington on Wednesday.

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James Lee DiMaggio, left, and siblings Ethan, 8, and Hannah Anderson, 16.

Authorities were looking for 16-year-old Hannah Anderson and her 8-year-old brother Ethan of Boulevard in eastern San Diego County.

DiMaggio, 40, was also suspected of killing the children’s mother, Christina Anderson.

DiMaggio was apparently a longtime family friend, and investigators said he had a close platonic relationship with the mother.

Authorities discovered Christina Anderson’s body on Sunday night in a burned-out garage at DiMaggio’s home in Boulevard, east of San Diego.

They also said they found the remains of a young child in the rubble, but stopped short of identifying the body as that of Ethan Anderson.

The remains were consistent with those of an 8-year-old child, a law enforcement source told CNN.

Officials said it would take several days to get the results of DNA testing.

The children’s father, Brett Anderson, made an emotional plea on Tuesday for the safe return of his daughter Hannah. He did not make reference to his son.

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Hannah Anderson, 16

“Jim, I can’t fathom what you are thinking. The damage is done,” he said. “I’m begging you to let my daughter go, you’ve taken everything else.”

“Hannah, we all love you very much. If you have a chance take it, you run, you will be found,” he also said.

Brett Anderson was Christina Anderson’s current husband, but authorities did not elaborate on the nature of their relationship beyond saying that he lived out of state.

DiMaggio was believed to be driving a blue, four-door Nissan Versa, with the California license plate No. 6WCU986.

But authorities said DiMaggio might have switched vehicles or may have taken public transportation.

“We don’t have any clear direction of where they’re going,” San Diego County sheriff’s Lt. Glenn Giannantonio said.

“It would be logical for us to assume that he would head towards Mexico… we’re very close to the border,” Giannantonio said.

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Hannah and Ethan Anderson

He also said that DiMaggio might have tried to head the opposite direction toward Canada, thinking that the authorities there might not be looking for him.

Hannah Anderson is about 5 feet 7 inches tall and 115 pounds, with blond hair and blue eyes.

Her brother Ethan has sandy blond hair and is about 4 feet 11 inches tall and 65 pounds.

Anyone who sees DiMaggio or the children should call 911. Anyone with information was asked to call the San Diego Sheriff’s Department at (858) 565-5200.

SAN DIEGO (KTLA) — A nationwide Amber Alert was in its second full day on Wednesday for a man suspected of killing a woman and possibly her young son, and then abducting her teenage daughter.

Authorities were looking for 16-year-old Hannah Anderson and her 8-year-old brother Ethan.

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James Lee DiMaggio, left, and siblings Ethan, 8, and Hannah Anderson, 16.

The suspect has been identified as 40-year-old James DiMaggio, who was also suspected of killing the children’s mother, Christina Anderson.

DiMaggio was apparently a longtime family friend, and investigators said he had a close platonic relationship with the mother.

Authorities discovered Christina Anderson’s body on Sunday night in a burned-out garage at DiMaggio’s home in Boulevard, east of San Diego.

They also said they found the remains of a young child in the rubble, but stopped short of identifying the body as that of Ethan Anderson.

The remains were consistent with those of an 8-year-old child, a law enforcement source told CNN.

Officials said it would take several days to get the results of DNA testing.

The children’s father, Brett Anderson, made an emotional plea on Tuesday for the safe return of his daughter Hannah. He did not make reference to his son.

“Jim, I can’t fathom what you are thinking. The damage is done,” he said. “I’m begging you to let my daughter go, you’ve taken everything else.”

“Hannah, we all love you very much. If you have a chance take it, you run, you will be found,” he also said.

Brett Anderson was Christina Anderson’s current husband, but authorities did not elaborate on the nature of their relationship beyond saying that he lived out of state.

DiMaggio was believed to be driving a blue, four-door Nissan Versa, with the California license plate No. 6WCU986.

But authorities said DiMaggio might have switched vehicles or may have taken public transportation.

“We don’t have any clear direction of where they’re going,” San Diego County sheriff’s Lt. Glenn Giannantonio said.

“It would be logical for us to assume that he would head towards Mexico… we’re very close to the border,” Giannantonio said.

He also said that DiMaggio might have tried to head the opposite direction toward Canada, thinking that the authorities there might not be looking for him.

Hannah Anderson is about 5 feet 7 inches tall and 115 pounds, with blond hair and blue eyes.

Her brother Ethan has sandy blond hair and is about 4 feet 11 inches tall and 65 pounds.

Anyone who sees DiMaggio or the children should call 911. Anyone with information was asked to call the San Diego Sheriff’s Department at (858) 565-5200.

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (KTLA) — A state-wide manhunt was underway Tuesday for a 40-year-old man suspected of abducting two children, after killing their mother at a home in eastern San Diego County.

An Amber Alert was in effect for Hannah Marie Anderson, 16, and her brother Ethan Anderson, 8, who were last seen Saturday.

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James Lee DiMaggio, left, and siblings Ethan, 8, and Hannah Anderson, 16.

They were believed to be with family friend James Lee DiMaggio.

The body of 42-year-old Christina Anderson was found Sunday night in the rubble of a burned-out home in the rural community of Boulevard owned by DiMaggio, authorities said.

He and Christina Anderson reportedly had a close platonic relationship.

The children’s aunt Andrea Saincome said DiMaggio had known the family for years and that it was not unusual for Anderson and the children to be at his house.

“There was nothing out of the ordinary,” Saincome told HLN’s Christi Paul. “He seemed like a genuinely nice guy. He was close to the kids, and he was friends with my sister and my brother-in-law.”

The remains of a child were also found in the house, but the child’s identity and cause of death had not been released Tuesday.

“It will take two or three days for DNA testing to identify the charred body,” sheriff’s Department Lt. Glenn Giannantonio said.  “It is a possibility that the body found in the residence is that of Ethan,” he said.

The children’s father, Brett Anderson, reached out to DiMaggio and his daughter at a news conference Tuesday in San Diego.

“Jim, I can’t fathom what you were thinking. The damage is done. I’m begging you to let my daughter go, you’ve taken everything else,” Brett Anderson said.  “Hannah, we all love you very much. If you have a chance take it, you run, you will be found.”

DiMaggio was believed to be driving a blue, four-door Nissan Versa, with the California license plate No. 6WCU986.

But authorities said DiMaggio might have switched vehicles or may have taken public transportation.

“We don’t have any clear direction of where they’re going,” Giannantonio said.

“It would be logical for us to assume that he would head towards Mexico … we’re very close to the border,” Giannantonio said  “He may be trying to throw us off and head the opposite direction and head towards Canada, thinking possibly that the Canadian authorities and the citizens in Canada may not be looking for him like they are here or in Mexico.”

Hannah Anderson is about 5 feet 7 inches tall and 115 pounds, with blond hair and blue eyes.

Her brother Ethan has sandy blond hair and is about 4 feet 11 inches tall and 65 pounds.

Anyone with information was asked to call the San Diego Sheriff’s Department at (858) 565-5200.

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James Lee Dimaggio, left, and siblings Ethan, 8, and Hannah Anderson, 16.

SAN DIEGO (KTLA) -– Sheriff’s deputies were searching Monday for a 40-year-old man suspected of abducting two children after killing their mother at a house in eastern San Diego County.

A state-wide Amber Alert was issued Monday in the search for Hannah Anderson, 16, and her brother Ethan, 8, after the discovery of their mother’s body in a home owned by James Lee DiMaggio.

The body of Christina Anderson was discovered Sunday night in the rubble of a burned out house in the rural community of Boulevard, authorities said.

The remains of a child were also found, but the child’s identity and cause of death were not known, Lt. Glenn Giannantonio of the Sheriff’s Department told the L.A. Times.

DiMaggio was believed to be driving a four-door blue Nissan Versa, California license plate No. 6WCU986, according to the Amber Alert.

He might be traveling to Texas or Canada, authorities said.

Anyone with information was urged to call (858) 974-2321 or (858) 565-5200, or San Diego County Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

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