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'Amber Alert' Car Seen Near Oregon

August 8, 2013

An Amber Alert for two missing Southern California kids was extended to the Pacific Northwest Wednesday after the suspected kidnapper's car was spotted.

Hannah Anderson, 16, and her 8-year-old brother, Ethan, were unaccounted for after the remains of their mother were discovered in the burning home of a family friend, who is believed to have taken the children.

The blue Nissan believed driven by James DiMaggio, 42, was spotted Wednesday on a highway near Alturas in Northern California. Authorities suspected DiMaggio was on his way to Canada, KGTV-TV in San Diego said.

DiMaggio had been a family friend of Christina and Brett Anderson. Authorities believe DiMaggio killed Christina Saturday at his home in Boulevard, a tiny desert community in southeastern San Diego County, and then fled with Hannah. Investigators have learned DiMaggio was infatuated with the high school student.

The remains of an unidentified child were also found in DiMaggio's home; however, Ethan remained on the Amber Alert despite the possibility he was killed at the same time as his mom.

Brett Anderson, who had been working out of state at the time, returned to San Diego this week and publicly urged Hannah to look for an opportunity to escape, and appealed to his former friend to surrender.





Source: Copyright UPI 2013


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