Manhunt widens for possible Calif. killer, children
Updated On: Aug 08 2013 02:52:34 PM CDT
LAKESIDE, Calif. (AP) — Amber Alerts expanded to Nevada, Oregon and Washington as authorities search for a California man suspected of abducting a 16-year-old girl and wanted in the death of the girl's mother and possibly her 8-year-old brother.
Oregon state police said there were two possible sighting of James Lee DiMaggio's blue Nissan Versa on Wednesday.
In Washington, state police told KOMO radio that a driver near Bremerton reported seeing a blue Nissan hatchback on Highway 101 on Thursday morning with a man driving and a woman passenger.
The Amber Alert in Nevada was posted on Thursday.
On Sunday night, authorities found the body of 42-year-old Christina Anderson and a child when they extinguished flames at DiMaggio's rural home about 65 miles east of San Diego.
Police issued Amber Alerts Wednesday and reported possible sightings in northeast California and then near Lakeview in south-central Oregon.
The AMBER Alert was expanded to Nevada on Thursday, and there was a new sighting report in Bremerton, Wash.
Senior Trooper Daniel Swift, an OSP spokesman, said Thursday the police haven't concluded the report was erroneous. He says they didn't get tips that would lead them to search any specific place for the car, and they're still on the lookout for it.
OSP asked the public to call the AMBER Alert tip line with any tips related to Wednesday afternoon's AMBER Alert activation in Oregon.
The AMBER Alert tip line is 1-866-5AMBER5 (1-866-526-2375). The tipline is staffed at the OSP Northern Command Center in Salem until further advised. Calling 9-1-1 is a secondary option for calls.
"We appreciate the interest in our efforts to assist San Diego County, California Sheriff's Office regarding the search for the suspect, missing children, and vehicle," the update said.
Information and links to photos provided by San Diego County Sheriff's Office regarding the AMBER Alert is available on our website at:
There are no updates on confirmed sightings in Oregon at this time, OSP reported. Significant developments related to the Oregon AMBER Alert will be sent in news release(s) and Twitter (@ORStatePolice).
The Oregon AMBER Alert was activated Wednesday afternoon at the request of the San Diego County Sheriff's Office .
The statewide AMBER Alert, which also broke in on all TV and radio broadcasts, prompted a flurry of possible car sightings late Wednesday afternoon, including Bend and the Terrebonne areas. More sightings occurred Thursday.
Although some of the reported sightings aren't panning out, OSP Lt. Gregg Hastings told CNN Wednesday evening the ones that led to the AMBER Alert are still very much alive.
"As to the best of my knowledge we are proceeding forward and we continue to search, very actively," he said. "Troopers and deputies and other officers are heavily covering the areas. And we'll follow up on any leads we get.
"The possible sighting came from a local business, and we've seen surveillance of a vehicle that matches the description of the suspect vehicle but we can't see the plates on it. And we have this based on the other what we feel is legitimate tip out of Alturas, California. We are NOT turning our back to this and we are doing what we can to locate that suspect vehicle and the missing children."
Here's the rest of the original AMBER Alert announcement: We'll have updates as available.
A vehicle related to the AMBER Alert activation in California is believed to have been spotted Wednesday in northern California along Highway 395/299 from Alturas northbound, possibly toward Oregon or Nevada.
Around 2 p.m., a possible sighting of the vehicle was reported in southern Oregon near Lakeview. Law enforcement officers from multiple agencies are on the lookout for the vehicle.
The suspect, JAMES LEE DIMAGGIO, age 40, is believed to be operating a blue 2013 Nissan Versa with California license plates 6WCU986. Two children identified as HANNAH ANDERSON, age 16, and ETHAN ANDERSON, age 8, may be with the suspect.
Information related to this activation, along with photographs of the suspect, children, and vehicle, are available at:
If anyone sees the suspect vehicle in Oregon please call 9-1-1 or Oregon State Police at 1-866-5AMBER5.
Questions about the original case should be directed to San Diego County Sheriff's Office at 1-858-974-2321.
Additional information about Oregon's AMBER ALERT program is available on the Oregon State Police website at http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/AMBERALERT/pages/index.aspx
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