BREAKING NEWS: AMBER ALERT SUSPECT SPOTTED WITH TEEN IN IDAHO
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Authorities say a car belonging to the suspect in the disappearance of a teenage girl in California has been found in Idaho after horseback riders reported seeing the man and girl hiking in the wilderness.
San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore said the riders reported seeing the two in the Cascade area 70 miles northeast of Boise on Wednesday but didn't know they were being sought until seeing news reports.
Gore said the 16-year-old girl, Hannah Anderson, did not appear as if she was being held against her will. Authorities throughout the West have been looking for the teen and family friend James Lee DiMaggio, since the bodies of the girl's mother and an unidentified child were found Sunday at DiMaggio's burned home east of San Diego.
DiMaggio had bought camping gear a few weeks ago and investigators said they believe his flight was planned.
SAN DIEGO- A San Diego man is the subject of a nationwide manhunt, the suspect in a double murder and double kidnapping.
Neighbors of James Lee DiMaggio were shocked to learn two people as well as a dog were found dead inside DiMaggio’s log-cabin style home Monday.
Deputies were called to 2071 Ross Avenue in the unincorporated community of Boulevard around 8 p.m. Sunday to find the home and detached 3-car garage engulfed in flames.
Hours after the discovery of 44-year-old Christina Anderson and an unidentified boy, deputies put out an Amber Alert for DiMaggio and Anderson’s 8-year-old son Ethan and 16-year-old daughter Hannah.
Deputies believe DiMaggio murdered Anderson and then set the structures on fire.
Ethan is 4-feet, 11-inches tall, weighing 65 pounds with sandy blonde hair. Hannah is 5-feet, 7-inches tall, 115 pounds with blue eyes, a nose stud, pierced ears and a belly button ring. She attends El Capitan High School.
DiMaggio is 40 years old, 5-foto 9- inches tall, 150 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. His beard and moustache have recently been shaved off officials said.
They are believed to be traveling in a 4-door, blue Nissan Versa with license plate 6WCU986.
“It’s believed that one or both of the children have been abducted by DiMaggio whose whereabouts are also unknown,” said San Diego County homicide Lt. Glenn Giannantonio.
Neighbors were in disbelief Monday. They say DiMaggio is a kind, giving and laid back person who the Anderson children considered an uncle.
They believe DiMaggio had planned to take Ethan camping or hunting and authorities may not be able to reach him because he's out of cell phone range.
Christina Anderson was an old friend of DiMaggio who would come to visit him once or twice a month according to neighbors. Giannantonio said Christina Anderson and DiMaggio were not romantically involved but have a close friendship.
They say the Anderson children got along well with other children in the neighborhood but they recently came more often.
“We believe that if they are with DiMaggio that they are in danger,” Giannantonio said adding that FBI agents have been asked to help in the investigation.
Anyone who spots the children or DiMaggio should call 911 he said.
Giannantonio could not disclose how Anderson was killed. He said the medical examiner will try and identify the burned remains of the child found in the rubble.
Anderson lived with her two children in Lakeside according to officials. The children were last seen on Aug. 3 officials said. The grandparents reported the children missing.
Officials also found remains of weapons found that were burned in the fire but would not reveal the number or type of weapons found.
(Information from CHP & NBCsandiego.com)