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Amber Alert Update: Car confirmed in Cascade, Idaho

Photo: Image by Oregon State Police

Amber Alert Update: Car confirmed in Cascade, Idaho

By Grendel Levy, Steve Bertel, Maria Decaney, James Cramer. CREATED Aug 7, 2013

UPDATE 8/10/2013:

About 150 federal agents converged on the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Saturday morning. They are joining in the search for 16-year-old Hannah Anderson and her suspected kidnapper, 40-year-old James Lee DiMaggio.

There are already close to 100 law enforcement officers from the U.S. Marshal's Service, Idaho State Police, Valley and Ada County sheriff's offices and the San Diego Sheriff's Department.

According to police, DiMaggio killed Hannah's mother, 44-year-old Christina Anderson, and her 8-year-old brother Ethan Anderson. Authorities found their bodies Sunday night in Dimaggio's California home. They say he set the house on fire after the killings.

A rider on horseback found DiMaggio's car parked at a trailhead near Cascade on Friday.

FBI agents said the agency will work for as long as it takes to resolve this case.
 

UPDATE 8/9/13:

Initial reports from investigators in San Diego are confirming the vehicle as a match through the VIN number on the car.  The license plates had been removed and the vehicle was covered in brush to disguise it. 

Investigators believe that James Lee DiMaggio is armed and dangerous at this time. A man on horseback believes they saw DiMaggio and the 16-year-old girl alive on Wednesday morning and described them as "unique and out of place" with limited camping gear. 

Camping equipment was purchased by DiMaggio in California and multiple agencies including the FBI are en-route to begin searching the area.

Dimaggio and the girl were spotted in the area of Morehead Lake on Wednesday evening.

Stay tuned for more updates.

Ada County Sheriff PIO Andrea Dearden has reported that a car matching the description related to San Diego Amber Alert was found in the River of No Return Wilderness area in Cascade, Idaho.

The area is extremely remote and investigators may have to access it with helicopter or via horseback.

UPDATE 8/8/13 PM:

Authorities have updated the Amber Alert to reflect the correct color of the Nissan Versa, which is dark blue.

UPDATE 8/8/13 AM:

SEATTLE (AP) -- There's been an unconfirmed sighting in Washington of a car wanted in connection with two deaths and child abduction in Southern California.

Washington State Patrol Trooper Russ Winger told KOMO Radio that a driver near Bremerton reported seeing a blue Nissan hatchback with a man driving and a woman passenger. The caller said the car was westbound at 7:45 a.m. Thursday on Highway 101 near the Jefferson-Clallam county line, which is about 40 miles northwest of Seattle.

Winger says a trooper checked the area and was unable to locate the car.

A California Amber Alert was expanded to Oregon and Washington as authorities search for James Lee DiMaggio who is believed to be driving a blue Nissan Versa with 16-year-old Hannah Anderson.