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Vigil held for missing teen Hannah Anderson

VigilLAKESIDE, Calif. – A vigil was held for Hannah Anderson Tuesday evening at El Capitan High School.

Family and friends gathered in the school parking lot to light candles, pray and release balloons. Wearing pink, in honor of Hannah’s favorite color, her closest loved ones shared stories about the teen. They also released blue balloons in memory of her brother, Ethan.

“We have hope still that she’s still out there,” said Haley Wilcock, friend and vigil organizer. “And we hope that she somehow hears about this and knows that we’re all here for her and praying for her.”

Hannah’s father, Brett Anderson, also addressed the crowd.

“Hannah will come back and Ethan and Tina, I love you both,” said Anderson. “We all love you. I know everybody’s here for support of all three of them and I want to thank you all. God bless.”

Hannah’s cousin pleaded with the suspect, James DiMaggio, to bring Hannah home safe.

“Please bring Hannah home to us,” she said. “We all miss you. Hannah we love you so much.”

Two days after the fire at DiMaggio’s Boulevard home and Amber Alert remains in effect for 16-year-old Hannah and her 8-year-old brother Ethan.

“We’ve received some information that either texas or Canada my have been the destination he was heading to,” said Lt. Glenn Giannantonio, San Diego County Sheriff’s Department. “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.”

In the rubble the children’s mother, Christina Anderson, was found murdered. The remains of a child were also found. It is believed that child was Ethan, but investigators are still waiting on autopsy results.

“I’m begging you to let me daughter go,” said Brett Anderson, at a Tuesday afternoon news conference. “You’ve taken everything else.”

DiMaggio had been considered a close family friend and the children had considered him like an uncle. Authorities aren’t releasing a motive, though there is speculation about a further relationship between he and Hannah.

“We think she’s in grave danger,” Lt. Giannantonio said.

New photos released by the Sheriff’s Department show the suspect clean-shaven and a mock-up showed what he might look like with a shaved head. It is still believed they may be traveling in a Blue Nissan Versa with California license plate 6WCU986.

Investigators said they had received a lot of tips, but so far there are no confirmed sightings.

As loved ones hold out hope for her safe return, they are urging Hannah to escape any way possible.

“Just run and we will find you,” said Hannah Darby, friend and vigil organizer. “Just run as far away as you can and hide and we will find you.”

Tuesday an arrest warrant was obtained for DiMaggio for murder and arson. Investigators said additional charges would be added when he is caught.


14 Comments to “Vigil held for missing teen Hannah Anderson”

    Chad Smith said:
    August 7, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    Poor girl… it’s all those damn illegals faulty this happens…

    If our service workers weren’t too busy with them they could have found her by now.. they also influence are society in negative ways.. I bet he use to a good guy until he encountered an illegal

      John said:
      August 8, 2013 at 3:17 AM

      What the hell? What does illegals have to do with this? You’re just mad!

      Barb said:
      August 9, 2013 at 6:23 PM

      Why isn't anyone seeing this? She's mature. She likes him…maybe even loves him in her young mind. How do you know that she didn't plot with him to kill mom and brother so they could live happily ever after in her young mind? It sounds like she's cooperating with him and doesn't seem upset about her mom and brother being dead (assuming she knows). Maybe she helped. Maybe she doesn't want to come home. Was daddy a good guy or a bad guy? Just saying…

    Anonymous said:
    August 9, 2013 at 8:02 AM

    Pray for Hannah’s safe return. I hope that she survives this ordeal and that he gets the book thrown at him/death penalty. Hannah has so much life still left to live. If she returns home alive I hope that she will be able to live her life to the fullest. May her brother and mother rest in peace and may her family recover from this awful tragedy.

    B. Geary said:
    August 10, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    Please send my condolences to Brett and Hannah for the loss of their wife, mother, son and brother. I cannot imagine how horrible this crime is for the two survivors, and I wish them privacy, time and compassion as they recover.

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