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Amber Alert for missing kids expands north

SAN DIEGO – An Amber Alert was issued in Oregon and Washington related to the missing teenaged girl Hannah, her brother and their alleged captor.

Authorities are urgently chasing several tips after issuing an Amber Alert in California Monday evening with descriptions of 16-year-old Hannah Anderson, Ethan Anderson, 8, or 40-year-old James Lee DiMaggio. The alert has produced an unspecified number of tips to officials.


Ethan Anderson, Hannah Anderson and James Lee DiMaggio

An Amber Alert was issued in Oregon at 2 p.m. Wednesday, followed by Washington.

There were possible sightings of the suspect’s vehicle on northbound Highway 395 from Alturas, Calif. heading in the direction of Oregon border, according to the alert.

“We think she’s in grave danger,” Lt. Glenn Giannantonio. “Realistically we don’t know where they’re going. We’re keeping a wide net and hopefully we’ll find them. We’re looking everywhere.”

Longtime family friend DiMaggio is accused of murdering the children’s mother Christian Anderson of Lakeside and a child, then setting his rural East County home on fire before kidnapping one or both of the kids.

Christina Anderson’s body and the remains of a child, believed to be Ethan, were found Sunday night in the burning rubble of a house and garage of the charred Boulevard home, authorities said.

Friends gathered at the vigil at El Capitan High School Tuesday evening wearing pink, Hannah’s favorite color. They also released blue balloons in memory of Ethan.

The Sheriff’s Department said an autopsy on the child’s remains was performed Tuesday but that the autopsy results are sealed.

Authorities believe DiMaggio is driving a blue Nissan Versa, California license plate 6WCU986. A statewide Amber Alert remains in effect.

DiMaggio had been considered a close family friend and the children had considered him like an uncle. Authorities aren’t releasing a motive.


15 Comments to “Amber Alert for missing kids expands north”

    pookergirl said:
    August 7, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    Well I think it's blatantly obvious what the motive was considering he killed the mother & brother and took the girl. Freaking POS pervert. I hope that little girl slays him dead if she gets the chance.

    Guest said:
    August 8, 2013 at 8:14 AM

    Are they making a mistake when they post an amber alert for two missing children and have found the body of one in the remains. Most people unaware of the whole story will be looking for a man with two children, not a man with only one child.

    Monoxide said:
    October 28, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    Once an Amber Alert is called off it would be wise to discontinue the story.

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