On Monday an Amber Alert was issued at 5 p.m. for the two missing children, Hannah Anderson, 16, and her brother, Ethan, 8. The alert has now been reduced to one, Hannah. The remains found in the fire have been positively identified Ethan.
The California Highway Patrol’s emergency notification and tactical alert center activated an amber alert for the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department in San Diego and Imperial Counties.
Deputies and firefighters were called to respond to a deadly fire at Ross Avenue in the incorporated community of Boulevard about 8 p.m. Sunday. Deputies obtained a search warrant about 5 a.m., Monday and searched the debris layer by layer to look for additional victims, according to spokesperson Sheriff’s Homicide Lieutenant Glenn Giannantonio.
Sheriff’s Bomb/Arson investigators identified one body as 44-year-old Christina Anderson and determined she had been murdered, but it was not clear how she was killed. They believe the house was intentionally set on fire.
Originally, a child’s body was also found through the rubble but the age, identity, or cause of death had not been determined. Yesterday the age and identity was positively determined to belong to 8-year-old Ethan Anderson.
The abduction which occurred on August 3, 2013 at 5:00pm in the City of Boulevard, San Diego County, CA has now been confirmed that it was only Hannah. Both children were reported missing Sunday by their maternal grandparents, who are believed to live in San Diego County.
Hannah, 16, is 5 feet 7, 115 pounds with blonde hair and blue eyes. She has a belly button ring, a nose stud and pierced ears.
The suspect accused of abducting the Hannah is James Lee DiMaggio, 40, white and 5 feet, 9 inches and weighing 150 pounds with brown hair and eyes. He was last seen driving a four-door blue Nissan Versa, with a California license plate No. 6WCU986.
The bodies of Hannah’s mother and brother were found Monday inside a burned up rural house in Boulevard, near the United States and Mexico border in San Diego County, and the man who owns and lives in the home, DiMaggio, is also suspected of killing both of them and abducting Hannah.
Sheriff’s officials held a news conference several hours after the alert was issued to ask for the public’s help in locating the children and the suspect, James Lee DiMaggio, 40, of Boulevard. DiMaggio could be headed to Texas or Canada, the California Highway Patrol said Tuesday.
Authorities believe Hannah was abducted and is in danger, and they are working nonstop to locate her, Giannantonio said. The FBI is assisting in the investigation.
DiMaggio and Anderson were described as being close platonic friends and were not believed to be involved in a romantic relationship, the lieutenant said.
DiMaggio is suspected of killing Christina Anderson, 44, and Ethan, 8, of Lakeside, and setting a fire Sunday night at his Boulevard residence, the lieutenant said. It was not disclosed whether Anderson was killed by the fire or another means. Remains of burned weapons were found in the house, Giannantonio said.
Firefighters found both bodies when they responded shortly after 8 p.m. Sunday to a blaze at the house and detached garage on Ross Avenue, south of Old Highway 80. DiMaggio owned the property and lived there alone, Giannantonio said.
DiMaggio is described as white, 5 feet 9 inches tall, 150 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. He may have shaved off a mustache and beard, the lieutenant said. Anyone who sees DiMaggio should not try to detain him but call 911, Giannantonio said. It was unknown whether he might he armed.
Again, the name of the abducted teen is Hannah Anderson, a 16-year-old white female. The suspect is James Lee DiMaggio, a 40-year-old white male. He is possibly driving a 2013 blue Nissan Versa 4-door with a California license plate number 6WCU986. If seen contact San Diego Sheriff’s Department at (858) 565-5200.
Anyone with information about the case can also call the sheriff’s homicide unit at (858) 974-2321 and after hours at (858) 565-5200, or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477. Tipsters are eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest.
By: Cherese Jackson (Virginia)