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Police Warn Manhunt Suspect May Have Wired Car With Explosives

Aug. 9, 2013

California officials have cautioned that a man accused of kidnapping a 16-year-old girl and killing her mother may have wired his car with explosives.

The warning was issued as a nationwide manhunt was under way for the suspect, James DiMaggio, a close friend of the teen's family, CNN reported Friday.

"Working on the theory that he abandoned the car, we think there is a possibility that the car might be rigged," said San Diego Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Jan Caldwell. "So we want to put out there for civilian safety, for officer safety, if you see the car, do not approach it but call law enforcement."

DiMaggio is suspected of abducting Hannah Anderson, 16, and possibly her brother, Ethan, 8.

The body of Christina Anderson, 44, the children's mother, was found in DiMaggio's burning home Sunday night. A second body found in the home could be Ethan's, authorities said, but the charred condition of the remains has made identification difficult.

"We've got law enforcement agencies across the country looking for them and following up on tips that are being called in," said Lt. Glenn Giannantonio of the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.

Giannantonio said "well over 100, possibly hundreds of tips" had been received from all over the country.

He said DiMaggio was believed to be driving a blue four-door Nissan Versa with California license plate 6WCU986.

Source: Copyright UPI 2013

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