THE CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROLâ€™S EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION AND TACTICAL ALERT CENTER HAS ACTIVATED AN AMBER ALERT FOR THE SAN DIEGO COUNTY SHERIFFâ€™S DEPARTMENT IN THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES: SAN DIEGO AND IMPERIAL.
A CHILD ABDUCTION OCCURRED ON AUGUST 3, 2013, AT 05:00 PM, IN THE CITY OF BOULEVARD, SAN DIEGO COUNTY, CA. THE CHILDREN’S NAMES ARE HANNAH ANDERSON, A 16-YEAR-OLD WHITE FEMALE AND ETHAN ANDERSON, AN 8-YEAR-OLD WHITE MALE. THE SUSPECT IS JAMES LEE DIMAGGIO, 40 YEAR OLD WHITE MALE.
POSSIBLY DRIVING A 2013 BLUE NISSAN VERSA 4-DOOR, CA LICENSE PLATE NUMBER 6WCU986.
IF SEEN CONTACT SAN DIEGO SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT AT (858) 565-5200.
An Amber Alert was issued in California for a 16-year-old girl and her eight-year-old brother after their mother and another child were found dead in a burned-out home over the weekend.
The San Diego County Sheriffâ€™s Department believes James Lee DiMaggio, a friend of the motherâ€™s, is their suspect. They believe DiMaggio is either headed to Texas or Canada with the two abducted children, Hanna and Ethan.
Officials were alerted to the abductions when firefighters responded to a fire at DiMaggioâ€™s house, reports CNN. They later discovered the body of 44-year-old Christina Anderson.
The sheriffâ€™s department released a statement saying that they determined Anderson was murdered, prompting the Amber Alert for her two children. The identity of the child found dead was not known.
The department added that a dog in the residence had also been killed, though it was not clear if the death was caused by the fire or something else.
DiMaggio is believed to be driving a blue Nissan Versa with California license plate 6WCU986. The county issued an Amber Alert Monday night, sending text alerts to all phone owners in Southern California.
The alert is part of a partnership between cell companies and the California Highway Patrol, notes The Los Angeles Times. A similar text message work New Yorkers up last month when an Amber Alert was issued in that state.
The suspect had a â€œclose platonic relationshipâ€ with Anderson, according to authorities. It is unclear what his possible motive could be in the alleged murder and kidnapping. Authorities believe DiMaggio has one or both of Andersonâ€™s children with him. It is not known why he would be heading to Texas or Canada.
Anyone with information on the California Amber Alert is asked to call the countyâ€™s homicide detail at (858) 974-2321 or (858) 565-5200. They can also call the San Diego County Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.