The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department confirmed on August 9 that the charred remains discovered in murder suspect James Lee DiMaggio’s burned down home belong to 8-year-old Ethan Anderson. Ethan is the son of Christina Anderson, who was also found dead in DiMaggio’s home last Sunday, and brother to 16-year-old Hannah Anderson, who authorities suspect was kidnapped by DiMaggio last Saturday.
According to Fox News, Ethan’s remains which were so badly burned as to be unidentifiable at first, have been confirmed through DNA testing.
Another new development in the manhunt for DiMaggio and search for 16-year-old Hannah, is that officials have found DiMaggio’s car, which was spotted by horseback riders “in a remote, mountainous area of Idaho, about 70 miles northeast of Boise.”
Those same horseback riders say that they may have also come across DiMaggio and Hannah. Hannah was described as being unharmed and carrying a backpack.
That mountainous area in Idaho is now the site of a massive search for DiMaggio and his kidnap victim.
More than 100 people were searching on foot and on horseback or were on their way to join the search of an area that Ada County sheriff’s spokesman Patrick Orr described Friday evening as covering 320 square miles.
“As far as we know, it did not appear as though she’s being held against her will,” San Diego Sheriff Bill Gore said.
James Lee DiMaggio is wanted for the murder of Christina Anderson, and now the murder of her son Ethan. DiMaggio is also wanted for the kidnapping of 16-year-old Hannah Anderson, who has been considered by authorities to be in grave danger ever since she went missing.
Police have a working theory that the 40-year-old DiMaggio is infatuated with Hannah. He confessed to her recently that he had a crush on her.
Hannah’s dad, Brett Anderson, went on TV pleading with DiMaggio to set his daughter free, and told Hannah to get away from DiMaggio if she gets the opportunity.
For more on the story, see:
- Police: Kidnapper DiMaggio’s car probably booby-trapped with explosives (Video)
- Calif. killer, 40, said to have crush on 16-year-old kidnap victim (Video)
- Manhunt is on for suspected murderer of Calif. mom and kidnapper of 2 children (Video)
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