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.
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.